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Maintaining quality and compliance

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The new coronavirus presents one of the most serious challenges we have ever faced. Laboratories are expected to provide consistent performance. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak and related uncertainties, it is quite a challenge to perform laboratory tests at the usual quality level. Quality and compliance at GenomeScan At GenomeScan, it is the task of the QA Department to make…

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Information for visitors during the coronavirus crisis

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The current coronavirus situation is new and quite challenging for all of us. In this moment, at GenomeScan, we are committed to keeping our employees, customers and suppliers safe while still offering the best possible service. Visitor’s notice Under normal circumstances access to GenomeScan’s laboratory is limited to authorized individuals in order to safeguard laboratories and secure important research equipments…

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Coronavirus precautions at GenomeScan

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GenomeScan’s activities during this unprecedent Coronavirus crisis GenomeScan is first and foremost concerned with the health of its staff, community and the larger public. The current coronavirus situation is new and quite challenging for all of us. In this moment, at GenomeScan, we are committed to keeping our employees, customers and suppliers safe, while still offering the best possible service….

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Genes, Chromosomes and Cancer

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The epigentics of melanoma. DNA is often methylated at the cytosine (C) base if the C is followed by a G base. Instead of a methylated or non-methylated C, one may also find 5-hydroxymethyl-C (hmC) at this position. GenomeScan has joined the MELGEN consortium to investigate the role of hmC in melanoma. Last month, Catarina Salgado and co-workers from the…

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Interview with GenomeScan’s CEO

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FASTER, BETTER, AFFORDABLE. BiotechNEWS has recently interviewed our CEO, Kees van den Berg. According to Kees, the future of diagnostics is all about personalized medicine. In this article (in Dutch), he describes the expansion of GenomeScan and the relationship with LUMC and ErasmusMC. He also highlights the current trends in NGS and comments on future developments in healthcare. Enjoy… Published…

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GenomeScan joins ISO working group on food safety

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According to the International Organisation for Standardization (ISO), Next generation sequencing (NGS) provides rapid, economical and high-throughput access to microbial whole genome sequences (WGS) and is being applied to an expanding number of problems in food microbiology. WGS offers significant advantages over existing technologies (e.g., serology, pulsed field gel electrophoresis, antibiotic resistance phenotyping and sanger sequencing) in the detection of…

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TransPot Consortium Meeting October 2019

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Report: TransPot Consortium Meeting & the 26th Meeting of the EAU Section of Urological Research  My name is Ingrid Tomljanovic, I am a Marie Skłodowska-Curie early stage researcher (ESR) within the EU-funded project TransPot (the Translational Research Network for Prostate Cancer), working at the R&D department of GenomeScan. TransPot is a European research training network aimed at deepening the understanding…

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Prostate Cancer Research Network (TransPot)

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Translational Research Network for Prostate Cancer (TransPot) Today starts Movember (a combination of the English diminutive word for moustache, “mo”, and “November”), an annual event involving the growing of moustaches during the month of November to raise awareness of men’s health issues, such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer and men’s suicide. Prostate cancer is one of the most prevalent cancer…

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Five advantages of UMIs in DNA analysis

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Improvements in Gene Panel and Whole Exome sequencing Molecular barcoding refers to the attachment of a unique molecular sequence (eg. ATGCCA) to each individual DNA fragment in a sample. This ensures that in downstream analysis, unique sequence reads can be separated from those originating as a result of PCR duplication. A common practice regarding these PCR duplicates is to search…