Illumina wants to sequence your whole genome for $100

The first sequencing of the whole human genome in 2003 cost roughly $2.7 billion, but DNA sequencing giant Illuminahas now unveiled a new machine that the company says is expected one day to order up your whole genome for less than $100. Illuminas CEO Frank deSouza depicted off the machine, called the NovaSeq, onstage at…

Netherlands dedicates green light for growing human embryos

Dutch government sanctions restriction research to help infertile couples and to tackle hereditary or congenital diseases The Dutch government has announced it wants to allow growing human embryos under strict and restriction conditions for scientific research, thereby devoting hope to mothers struggling to conceive. The Dutch health pastor, Edith Schippers, said she wants to allow…

23 andMe’s Anne Wojcicki has a plan to include better genetic data from people of color

One of the first customer genetic testing companies, 23andMe says it aims to be at the forefront in assembling genetically diverse data throughout the world. The company merely launched a standalone $99 pedigree service today as a route to offer those interested in their genetic ancestry the ability to tracing ancestors and relatives just by…

‘Anti-malarial mosquitoes’ created using controversial genetic technology

Scientists aim to tackle malaria by creating bugs unable to spread the parasite, but caution recommended over unpredictable ecological consequences Hundreds of genetically modified mosquitoes that are incapable of spreading the malaria parasite to humen have been created in a laboratory as part of a revolutionary approach to combating the disease. The move marks a…

Cutting-edge theatre: world’s first virtual reality operation runs live

Dr Shafi Ahmed will carry out surgery live-streamed in virtual reality, a move experts hope will build healthcare more equitable and help medical training This Thursday afternoon, Shafi Ahmed will lean over a patient and begin a delicate operation to remove cancerous tissue from a male patients bowel. He has performed such procedures many times…

Can a DIY fertility test help you plan when to have a newborn?

A new wave of tech startups is promising women detailed insights into their ability to conceive. But experts are sceptical Can a DIY fertility test help you plan when to have a newborn? Reproduction The Observer Can a DIY fertility test help you plan when to have a newborn? A new wave of tech startups…

Stem cell therapies: medical experts call for strict international rules

Experts from 15 countries tell regulation needed to prevent vulnerable patients pursuing unproven and potentially deadly treatments Medical and legal experts from around the world have unified to call for more stringent regulation of stem cell therapies to prevent people pursuing unproven and potentially deadly treatments overseas. In a perspective piece for the US journal…

Natural selection may prefer younger mothers and higher BMI in humen

New study indicates evolution is still acting on contemporary humans, although over many generations and very weakly As humen continue to evolve, natural selection appears to be favouring higher body mass indicator( BMI) in men and an earlier age for starting a family in girls, research has revealed. Researchers utilized data from the UK Biobank,…