Monthly Archives: April 2020

Guelph company develops rapid, portable COVID-19 test kit

Test kit takes an hour to get results, is as accurate as lab testing, Precision Biomonitoring says

Gdańsk scientist makes crucial headway in understanding killer virus by isolating COVID-19 DNA from infected patient

The full DNA sequence of the coronavirus virus has been taken from an infected patient after being isolated by scientists at Gdańsk University.
By unravelling the genetic sequence, the researchers can learn a variety of crucial information about the disease, such as how the virus ‘deceives’ the human body, weakening its immune system.

New program in Houston is training future forensic scientists and digitizing DNA evidence

Houston-area’s first-privately held forensic sequencing laboratory has partnered with The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center to create an academic program that will provide forensic training to genome scientists that will help them crack previously unsolved criminal cases.

Officials announce world’s oldest cold case solved using genetic genealogy in Colorado

It has been almost 57 years since Margaret “Peggy” Beck, 16, was raped and killed at a Girl Scout camp in Jefferson County. DNA evidence led to an arrest warrant being issued.

I Donated My DNA to Help Stop the Coronavirus

Last night, I entered intimate personal health information into a database that can be accessed by anyone. This is not a decision that I made lightly. I shared my information with the Personal Genome Project (PGP) at Harvard Medical School. Founded in 2005 by Dr. George Church, the PGP represents an ideal, a vision of effecting ultimate progress in DNA science through the generosity of participants willing to expose personal data for a greater good. Before Covid-19, the PGP used this data for open-source research projects to further our understanding of human genetics, biology, and health. The PGP will now singularly focus on Covid-19, studying both those who have the disease and those who don’t.

New BJA Solicitations: Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grants Program (Competitive and Formula)

In Fiscal Year 2020, all state and local forensic capacity enhancement programs previously administered by NIJ, including this program, moved to the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA).
All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on June 19, 2020.

Dinosaur’s 75-Million-Year-Old DNA May Have Been Found, And Why It’s An Epic Discovery

A research team has stumbled upon a discovery that could completely change the way we look at the massive creatures.

Idaho State Police Forensic Services Recognized As One Of The Top-Performing Forensic Labs

(Meridian) The Idaho State Police Forensic Services Laboratory is one of 14 labs worldwide to receive a FORESIGHT Maximus Award, awarded earlier this week. The designation from the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors (ASCLD), uses standard business metrics to measure the efficiency level demonstrated by the laboratories. To be considered for the award, laboratories must demonstrate a minimum of 90% or better peak efficiency.

DNA Could Hold Clues to Varying Severity of COVID-19

Hundreds of scientists around the globe are launching studies in search of genes that could explain why some people fall victim to coronavirus infection while others escape relatively unscathed.

Dragan Primorac in an interview with Vecernji: A third of children are ‘silent’ virus carriers

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Croatian scientist prof. Dr. Dragan Primorac was a guest at the TV studio Vecernji list, where he talked about the new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 and the disease COVID-19.

Two of world’s biggest pharmaceutical giants join forces to create vaccine

British firm GSK and French multinational Sanofi announced the collaboration in the hope of providing long-lasting immunity to Covid-19 cheaply and on a mass scale.

Pop-Up Coronavirus Labs and a 5-Minute Test Take Aim at the Testing Void

Two and a half months after the first confirmed novel coronavirus case in the US, the virus has invaded the country’s east and west coasts and is quickly making its way into the center of the country. As the case tally swells and hospitals brace themselves for surges, one factor has remained stubbornly, ludicrously constant: we don’t have enough tests.

CDC’s Covid-19 diagnostic panel to use Promega’s amplification reagent

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has added Promega’s amplification reagent GoTaq Probe 1-Step RT-qPCR System to its coronavirus (Covid-19) diagnostic protocol for emergency use.

Mysterious human ancestor finds its place in our family tree

When it comes to deciphering our ancient family tree, DNA from fossils is the new gold standard. But after about half a million years, even the best-preserved DNA degrades into illegibility, leaving the story of our early evolution shrouded in mystery. A new study of proteins taken from the tooth of an enigmatic human ancestor reveals their rough place in the family tree—and shows how ancient proteins can push beyond the limits of DNA.

Coronavirus: lab capable of testing tens of thousands of samples a day opens in Abu Dhabi

A laboratory capable of processing tens of thousands of Covid-19 tests per day has opened in the UAE.
It is the first facility of its kind to operate on such a scale outside of China.