Boost Biomes Launches With $2.05M to Develop Microbiome-Based Products

In California, Boost Biomes closed a $2.05M seed round, led by Nimble Ventures and Viking Global Investors and including other participants such as Tencent,...

Faster genome tests can help save babies

In California, doctors at Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego are now able to sequence babies genomes in 19.5 hours instead of the former...

Genetics linked to empathy and psychiatric conditions

In the United Kingdom, researchers at the University of Cambridge found a link between genetics and empathy using 47,000 participants from 23andMe. They found...

Drinking water technology keeps water microbe free for months

In Lithuania, researchers at Kaunas University of Technology are developing drinking water disinfection technology to destroy microorganisms and provide long-term (up to 3 months)...

Bacteria linked to brain’s memory function

In Washington, researchers at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory found that the type of bacteria and microbes we have in our guts can affect...

Save the elephants! Genetic research could help elephant conservation efforts

In Massachusetts, scientists at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, Harvard Medical School, Uppsala University, the University of Potsdam, and McMaster University used...

Cow stomach microbes could hold key for increased food and biofuel production

In the United Kingdom, researchers from The University of Edinburgh, The Roslin Institute and Scotland’s Rural College found that the types of microbes and...

Earth’s deep ocean microbes could grow on Saturn’s moon

In Austria, scientists at the Universität Wien found that some microbes from the Japanese deep sea could be able to reproduce under the possible...

Microbes hide out in desert ‘til the rain comes

In Germany, researchers from Universität Berlin discovered that Chile’s Atacama Desert wasn’t so dry and devoid of life after all. After a rare rainstorm,...

100,000 Genomes Project singing “Woah, we’re half way there”

In the United Kingdom, the Department of Health and Social Care, NHS England and Genomics England today announced reaching the 50,000 whole human genome...

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