Biogenesis

miRNA-seq – when should you use it, and what are the challenges?

Exploring microRNA expression and function has led to some important discoveries about the regulation of gene expression in normal biological processes and disease states, and has even recently given rise to unique circulating biomarker signatures. qPCR and microarrays are the traditional techniques used to assess microRNA expression, and they have their strong points – qPCR… Read article →


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Keep calm, the chaperones are on!

The original nano-machines I was quite excited to hear the announcement that the 2016 Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded to a group of 3 European scientists for developing “nano-machines,” a technological breakthrough which crafted the path for the world’s first smart materials. Sir Fraser Stoddart, Bernard Feringa and Jean-Pierre Sauvage developed the world´s smallest… Read article →


Epigenetics

Epigenetics research and its significance in cancer

Introduction to epigenetics and techniques There has been a great interest in the study of epigenetic mechanisms and DNA methylation in many areas of research, including DNA repair, cell cycle control, developmental biology, cancer research, identification of biomarkers, predisposition factors and potential drug targets. Lately I’ve been immersed in this field via my close work… Read article →


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Novel digital sequencing technology promises to advance oncology research

As research uncovers the underlying mutations and mechanisms that drive oncogenesis and cancer progression, it’s becoming clearer that cures are likely to come not from a single silver bullet, but from identifying each individual’s personal cancer drivers. Next-generation sequencing (NGS) is the leading strategy for finding sequence variants and fusion genes responsible for cancer, and targeted… Read article →