Tag Archive: genomics

Sep 20

How genotyping is aiding in the fight against malaria

3.2 billion people across 106 countries and territories, live in areas at risk of malaria transmission. The serious and sometime fatal mosquito-borne disease is caused by the Plasmodium parasite – in 2015, malaria caused 212 million clinical episodes, and 429,000 deaths. Malaria has been a public health problem in Brazil ever since it was brought to the …

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Jan 18

Helping to feed the world with Genotyping by Sequencing

Many areas critical to improved agricultural production require robust and scalable genotyping platforms to enable the mapping of traits in plants and livestock as part of marker assisted selection (MAS) and marker assisted breeding (MAB) programmes. Such programmes have helped improved drought, frost and parasite resistance in plants and improved yields. Historically, these projects have …

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Jan 16

LGC attends PAG

This week in San Diego, PAGXXII brought together over 2,800 leading genetic scientists and researchers in plant and animal research, and over 130 exhibits, 150 workshops, over 1000 posters and 1800 abstracts. LGC attended PAG to participate in symposia where we discussed partnering to deliver key genomic solutions for breeding and development. We also ran …

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Dec 23

Early success for the African Orphan Crops Consortium

The African Orphan Crops Consortium (AOCC) is an international effort to improve the nutrition, productivity and climatic adaptability of some of Africa’s most important food crops, helping to decrease the malnutrition and stunting rife among the continent’s rural children. It includes the African Union – New Partnership for Africa’s Development; LGC; Mars; Google; ICRAF; BGI; …

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Jan 20

The benefits of Marker Assisted Selection/Breeding

Last week we attended the Plant and Animal Genome Conference (PAG), which provides a forum on the recent developments and future plans for plant and animal genome projects. At PAG LGC’s scientists provided information on LGC’s genomics offerings, including Marker Assisted Selection/Breeding (MAS/MAB). MAS is a process whereby a marker (morphological, biochemical or one based …

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Jul 20

Happy Birthday Gregor Mendel

Today’s Google logo celebrates the 189th birthday of Gregor Mendel, the ‘father of modern genetics’. As an ex-laboratory scientist, but still working in a chemical and biological institute, it‘s times like these that send me into whoops of delight, as it‘s a chance to look back to see how the novel genomic technology we take …

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