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Petabytes of data – how informatics is transforming precision medicine

26 March 2020 | By

Advances in informatics have afforded researchers the ability to extrapolate petabytes of human genomics data and translate it into biologically relevant information. However, further translating this information into knowledge can prove challenging. Slavé Petrovski, Vice President and Head of Genome Analytics and Bioinformatics for AstraZeneca’s Centre for Genomics Research, spoke…

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TCR therapy – an attractive alternative to CAR T

24 March 2020 | By

Chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapies have produced encouraging clinical outcomes, demonstrating their therapeutic potential in mitigating tumour development. However, another form of T-cell immunotherapy based on T-cell receptors (TCR) has also shown great potential in this field. Here, Nikki Withers speaks to Miguel Forte who elaborates on the process…

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Antibody characterisation – an essential researchers’ resource

13 December 2019 | By

Central to reproducibility in biomedical research is the ability to use well-characterised and defined reagents. The CPTAC Antibody Portal serves as a National Cancer Institute community resource that provides access to many standardised renewable affinity reagents to cancer-associated targets and accompanying characterisation data. Nikki Withers spoke to Dr Tara Hiltke…

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Championing genomics in the UK

12 December 2019 | By

Professor Sir John Bell, Regius Professor of Medicine at the University of Oxford, delivered a speech at the MHRA’s 14th Annual Lecture in London, outlining his vision for the UK life sciences industry. Here, Nikki Withers summarises the key take-home messages from the talk, including how UK researchers and investors…