Vishal Gulati

February 28, 2016

The animals that sniff out TB, cancer and landmines | Mosaic

When I first read about the idea that animals can smell out cancer or other diseases I have to say, it didn’t pass my ‘sniff test’ but evidence seems to be accumulating so it is something that us worth looking at. They seem to be detecting (or shall we say, screening) TB patients using rats […]

February 24, 2016

Nobody Said it Was Easy: Illumina sues Oxford Nanopore

News is filtering through that the big daddy of genomic sequencing, Illimina has sued Oxford Nanopore for patent infringement in a California court. “But they use totally different technologies” I hear you say. True but did you know that Illumina licensed patents from University of Washington around nanopore sequencing? They are defending those patents. You […]

February 23, 2016

DNA App Store & 9 Other Breakthrough Technologies 2016

I am sure you are also bored with the end or the year/ beginning of the year list of greatest hits of the future. I read the one from Technology Review with some interest because it tends to be more rooted in fact than many others (you know which they are). The key takeaway for […]

February 23, 2016

Human Blood has Drop to Drop Variation…

Tens of companies planning to you blood drop analysis may never be successful. Dammit! Biology, why you so hard? Link to story No one likes a big needle going into their aim and drawing lots of blood especially when you know that actual tests need a few microliters of blood / serum / plasma. This […]

January 27, 2016

Study Shows Overlap Between Possible Prion Transmission and Alzheimer’s…

But still no evidence that you can get ‘infected’ with Alzheimer’s disease in the way as the word ‘infected’ us most often used. “Nothing is proven yet,” cautions Pierluigi Nicotera, head of the German Centre for Neurodegenerative Diseases in Bonn. He points out that amyloid-β has not been identified in the preparations that were transplanted […]

January 22, 2016

Weak Link in the Cancer Treatment Chain: Low-Quality Biopsies

Histopathology (commonly known as ‘biopsy’) is the gold standard in cancer diagnosis and now frequently used to identify the best treatment regime using genetic analysis. It seems that 1 in 5 samples are of poor quality and cannot be used for genetic analysis. This was particularly true for samples coming from centres far away from specialised centres […]

January 20, 2016

Another Major Digital Health Collaboration Announced

First there was DRx, then there was Helix and now Qualcomm + GSK  

January 17, 2016

Circulating DNA Test For Down’s Syndrome to be Offered by UK NHS

UK’s National Health Service (NHS) is going to offer pregnant women a blood test which uses circulating fetal DNA to determine the risk of trisomies. The current gold standard is ultrasound neuchal scan.  This is the first circulating DNA test to be offered free of charge in the NHS. There is a long list of […]

January 17, 2016

Put Down That Glass of Chocolate Milk. Now!

From University of Maryland comes this cautionary tale which is not unique but is probably a the best example in which everything that is wrong with poor science and poor journalism came together. Vox dissection of University of Maryland Chocolate Milk Study Scientists (or at least in UoM definition of that) conducted a study (again […]

January 16, 2016

In India, You Need a Prescription to Buy Drugs Online (but offline is another matter)

Indian government agencies are cracking down on online pharmacies selling drugs without prescription. Which means you have to actually go to a real bricks and mortar pharmacy to buy the drugs you need without a prescription. ☺ http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Delhi-Maha-crack-down-on-online-pharma-sale/articleshow/50554549.cms?from=mdr