Science in a conflict zone: Investigating cholera in Yemen

2019-01-02T18:00:23+00:002 January 2019|

In addition to the civil war, Yemen is experiencing the worst epidemic of cholera ever recorded. We spoke to Ankur Rakesh, a volunteer doctor with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) / Doctors Without Borders, who travelled to Yemen in July 2017 to study the genomics of this highly infectious and deadly disease

Hasta la VISA, genomes!

2021-11-14T00:34:27+00:0018 December 2018|

From ragworts that are too common and the tricky toughness of truffles to the trials of getting DNA samples a US Visa, Dan Mead gives his personal reflections on project managing the 25 Genomes Project

Chernobyl: chasing a ‘catching’ cancer

2018-12-07T07:00:58+00:007 December 2018|

Sanger researcher Alex Cagan travelled to Chernobyl’s nuclear exclusion zone for samples of cancer. But he isn’t investigating the effects of the reactor disaster; his quarry has a more ancient source: the immortal cells of an 8,000 year-old animal that are still being passed from dog to dog

25 Genomes: The Common Starfish

2018-10-04T15:22:48+01:004 October 2018|

The Starfish genome could offer new approaches to wound healing and into surgical glue, if only we can get enough sperm.

10 surprises from sequencing 25 new species

2018-10-04T14:56:59+01:004 October 2018|

From exploding worms to cannibal crickets and adored arachnids to bewildering blackberries, Alison Cranage picks out the more bizarre discoveries we've made

25 years of pushing the scientific boundaries

2018-10-01T08:00:30+01:001 October 2018|

From one human genome to hundreds of thousands, to every single cell in the body, to the genome of every species on the planet – DNA sequencing is accelerating. On our 25th anniversary we look at the evolution, application and potential of this powerful science.

Building capacity for genomic surveillance of malaria mosquitoes in Africa

2018-09-21T12:32:16+01:0021 September 2018|

Funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will enable the Pan African Mosquito Control Association (PAMCA) to launch nine new projects for mosquito genomics researchers across Africa. The Sanger Institute will sequence 500 mosquito genomes from each study. The deadline for research applications is 3 October 2018