Reasons for SARS-CoV-2 optimism and a COVID-19 infographic

There is some reason in the US for optimism in the middle of this SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. I wrote earlier this week the absolute need for an antibody-based test for widespread public screening, to assess antibody responses to get a picture of who has been exposed to the virus and has […]

Am I infected?

A list of helpful SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19 links 1

An organized resource list to check out Keeping track of the outbreak Coronavirus Tracked by the Financial Times. The source of those cool ‘Number of days since 10th death’ by country (to get a comparative picture of doubling rates, points at which lockdowns were initiated) as well as a table […]


The need for a good antibody test for SARS-CoV-2 2

The FDA will release under EUA a good antibody test, but time is of the essence to get decent tracking and tracing in-place Without adequate testing for SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus that is now sweeping rapidly around the world, there can be no isolation of cases and the chain of […]


A hopeful cure for SARS-CoV-2 with a combination of drugs

If the combination of hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin is confirmed by larger studies this actually could be “one of the biggest game-changers in the history of medicine” During this worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, now that states such as California and New York have enacted ‘stay at home’ orders, universities and many school […]


A new role at a cell-free tumor DNA oncology testing company Sysmex-Inostics 1

With digital PCR OncoBEAM and NGS Plasma SafeSEQ technologies sensitive to 0.02% and 0.05% MAF respectively, expect to hear more from Sysmex-Inostics for biomarker development, companion diagnostic commercialization and patient testing It isn’t unusual for me to be found at different conferences, whether ASHG, AGBT, AACR or occasionally Molecular Tri-Con […]


Cardea combined with CRISPR enables amplification-free digital genomics

Cardea Bio Inc. and Nanosens Innovations Inc., Keck Graduate Institute and UC Berkeley detect two deleted DMD exons in 15 minutes down to 1.7 fM sensitivity We are currently living in an exciting time in molecular diagnostics, as the fields of chemical fluorescence, optics, electronics, microfluidics, biochemistry, genomics and nanofabrication […]

Cardea Bio graphene CRISPR-chip being loaded

Space travel to Mars at #AGBT19

An unusual presentation by a recently-retired NASA scientist Dr. John Charles shares an unusual and highly entertaining presentation entitled “From here to Mars: How the Twins Study and the year-long ISS mission have moved us closer to the red planet” The agenda of AGBT runs a wide range of topics, […]

Dr. John Charles NASA at #AGBT19

The full x-chromosome map

The world’s first complete chromosome sequence at #AGBT19

NGHRI’s Dr. Adam Phillippy presents a remarkable dataset – the telomere-to-telomere assembly of a complete human X chromosome When the completion of the Human Genome Project was announced on June 6, 2002, President Bill Clinton said the following: We are here to celebrate the completion of the first survey of […]