life code the next frontier
Nov 03, 2011 Trinity College Dublin has appointed the first Academic Director of the Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute, Professor Luke O’Neill. Professor of Biochemistry at the School of Biochemistry and Immunology , Luke O’Neill is a leading immunologist who has made a significant contribution to international research. As Director of the Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute, Professor O’Neill will oversee Trinity’s multi-disciplinary biomedical and bioscience research effort. Speaking about his new position Professor O’Neill said: “I am delighted to take on this important role for Trinity College Dublin.
The Faroe Islands -- a self-governing territory within the Kingdom of Denmark -- wants to become the first nation to offer full human genome sequencing to each of its 50,000 citizens. The project -- called FarGen -- was announced at the Personal Genomes conference last week. A 100-person pilot will be completed first in order to get a better understanding of the technical, ethical, social and legal challenges of the project. The pilot will only use adults, who will not receive their results because, according to programme director Bogi Eliasen, "we don't feel ready for that". There is a high prevalence of genetic disease -- such as metabolic disorder CTD -- in the Faroe Islands, due to the small, homogenous population, and as such there is a good understanding of genetic tests within the population. CTD is treatable, but can cause heart failure in children.
Juan enriquez Biotech
Read full article Continue reading page | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 Automated genetic tinkering is just the start – this machine could be used to rewrite the language of life and create new species of humans IT IS a strange combination of clumsiness and beauty. Sitting on a cheap-looking worktop is a motley ensemble of flasks, trays and tubes squeezed onto a home-made frame. Arrays of empty pipette tips wait expectantly.
BrePco Biopharma has secured €5.66m in funding for research into the treatment of critically ill premature babies suffering from hypotension – a condition often associated with tragic outcomes. Set up two years ago by former Elan executives at the Rubicon Centre at Cork Institute of Technology, BrePco Biopharma is now based at the Fota Business Park. It has collaborated with a consortium of university research centres led by Cork University Maternity Hospital to get the funding from European Commission’s Healthcare FP7 Programme. The collaboration brings together experts from 13 centres across Ireland, Europe and Canada, and will develop a standard of care and uniquely tailored products for treating low blood pressure in premature newborns. “This is a significant milestone for our company, as well as for the researchers in Cork University Maternity Hospital, with whom we have been working for the last two years,” said co-founder and chairman of BrePco Biopharma, Paul Breen.
Aug. 15, 2011 — Like explorers mapping a new planet, scientists probing the brain need every type of landmark they can get. Each mountain, river or forest helps scientists find their way through the intricacies of the human brain. Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have developed a new technique that provides rapid access to brain landmarks formerly only available at autopsy.
The fossil microbes were found at Strelley Pool in Western Australia, one of the first known stretches of beach on Earth. Photograph: David Wacey/AFP/Getty Images The fossilised remains of microbes that lived beside the sea in the earliest chapter of life on Earth have been discovered in a slab of rock in Western Australia . Researchers found the tiny fossils in rock formations that date to 3.4bn years ago, making them strong candidates to be the oldest microbes found. Some clung to grains of sand that had gathered on one of the first known stretches of beach.
i360medical in strategic deal with top US research institutes - Irish Innovation News Siliconrepublic.comIreland’s i360medical, formerly the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland - Center for Innovation in Surgical Technology (RCSI-CIST), is about to sign a memo of understanding (MOU) with three premier US universities and one major US innovation hub. The announcement came as part of this week’s Enterprise Ireland trade mission to the southern United States led by Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton, TD. The new partner institutions include Duke University, the University of Miami, the University of North Carolina and Synecor. “Collectively, these three universities and Synecor innovation hub house today’s scientific thought leaders and their research labs have produced some of the world’s most enduring surgical technologies,” said Derek Young, head of i360medical. “It’s exciting to join forces with them as we jointly identify and develop a life-cycle plan for the breakthrough technologies of tomorrow.”