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Can the oral microbiome help law enforcement link suspects to crime scenes or evidence? In this episode of Molecules, Microbes and Multiomics Heloise Breton PhD, a product manager at DNA Genotek with a background in forensic science, and Megan Anderson, a recent graduate from Rock Canyon High School, chatted with us about Megan’s project on the ora…
 
We recently had the opportunity to interview Dr. Severien Van Keer, a post-doc researcher at the VAXINFECTIO research group, at the University of Antwerp. Her research primarily focuses on Human Papillomavirus (HPV) detection in first-void urine, and the potential of urine as a sample type for cervical cancer screening. Her research also includes N…
 
One new start-up microbiology company, Brick Built, is focused on the potential of the human oral microbiome. Our two microbiome product managers at DNA Genotek, Dr. Heloise Breton, and Laura Cunningham, had the pleasure of speaking with Brick Built Therapeutics co-founder Dr. Brian Klein about the role and future potentials of the oral microbiome …
 
Shoreline Biome is a microbiome-focused company that provides simple solutions for microbiome next-generation sequencing. They develop tools and reagents to support end-to-end microbiome analysis. We talk about the amazing work of the team at Shoreline Biome and had the pleasure to interview their Director of R&D, Dawn Gratalo.…
 
In this interview with Dr. Dan Knights, Senior Scientific Advisor of Diversigen, learn about the future of data generation from microbiome samples. Dr. Knights discusses how he started in microbiome and bioinformatics research, ways to increase the power of microbiome studies, and different signals within the microbiome.…
 
In this podcast, we explore how DNA Genotek and Quadrant Biosciences have been working together to support advancements in various diseases via RNA research and collection. Together, they've created RNA tests for early detection of autism spectrum disorder, Parkinson’s disease, traumatic brain injury, and COVID-19.…
 
We interview a team from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, who are exploring the impact of probiotics in COVID-19 transmission with a new clinical trial: Probiotics To Eliminate COVID-19 Transmission in Exposed Household Contacts (PROTECT-EHC).Katherine Lawless
 
The interest in human microbiome has widened from the gut to other parts of the human body, like skin. One company saw an opportunity to combine the science of the human skin microbiome, makeup and skincare. In this episode of Molecules, Microbes, and Multiomics, we interview the co-founders of Pure Culture Beauty Joy Chen, former CEO of Yes To and…
 
When the pandemic hit, the demand for COVID-19 testing drastically increased, resulting in shortages of COVID-19 sampling and laboratory supplies and impacting the number of tests that could be performed. When we confirmed that our collection devices could stabilize, and inactivate the SARS-CoV-2 virus, we knew we could help. In this podcast we dis…
 
We recently had the opportunity to interview Professor Patrick Pauwels, head of the laboratory of molecular pathology and co-director of CORE, a joint oncology research platform with the University of Antwerp. This podcast discusses the potential of liquid biopsies, such as urine in the field of cancer research especially when tissue is an issue. I…
 
The question of “What is Metabolomics” has been buzzing around the scientific community. With the advances of new technology, a gateway to studying metabolomics has been opened. Over recent years, microbiome researchers have begun to incorporate metabolomics, the “missing piece of the puzzle”, as part of their multiomics studies To understand that …
 
Nom Nom is not your average pet food company. In addition to delivering fresh, healthy meals for cats and dogs created by a team of veterinary nutritionists, they use gut microbiome samples submitted by their customers to study the link between nutrition and pet health. Nom Nom partners with Diversigen to analyze these samples and provide the accur…
 
We recently had the opportunity to interview Rebecca Millecamps, a Marketing Manager at Fujirebio, a global leader in the field of in vitro diagnostics (IVD). In 2019, Novosanis and Fujirebio, signed a worldwide, non-exclusive agreement for the distribution of Colli-Pee®, Novosanis’ urine collection device for use with Fujirebio’s INNO-LiPA HPV gen…
 
DNA Genotek has expertise with many different non-invasive sample types including saliva for genomic and feces for microbiome analysis. With any sample type, quality is paramount to generate the best sequencing results and subsequently to produce the most accurate data. In this podcast, Mike Tayeb and Brice LeFrancois, two experts from our research…
 
This episode of Molecules, microbes and multiomics features an interview with Pamela Feliciano, Ph.D. who is the Scientific Director for SPARK (Simons Foundation Powering Autism Research through Knowledge) Launched in 2016, SPARK is designed to speed up research and advance our understanding of autism. SPARK, the largest study of autism ever, aims …
 
As the microbiome industry grows and evolves, so has our team of microbiome experts. In 2019, DNA Genotek’s parent company, OraSure, acquired both CoreBiome and Diversigen. Through these acquisitions, we gained Diversigen's industry recognized CLIA/CAP state-of-the-art techniques with expert consultative microbiome services, and the strength of Cor…
 
DNA Genotek speaks with researchers involved in the recently launched Dog Aging Project. The goal of the Dog Aging Project is to understand how genes, lifestyle, and environment influence aging and to use that information to help pets and people increase healthspan, the period of life spent free from disease. In this podcast, we speak with Dr. Dani…
 
The Cardiovascular Risk in Young Finns Study is a prospective longitudinal study initiated in 1980. It is one of the largest follow-up studies into cardiovascular risk from childhood to adulthood. The main aim is to determine the contribution made by childhood lifestyle, biological, and psychological measures to the risk of cardiovascular diseases …
 
This week, I interview Dr. Charlie Lees and Lee Murphy, investigators for the PREdiCCt Study (Prognostic effect of environmental factors in Crohn’s and Colitis). PREdiCCt is a major study at the University of Edinburgh that is actively recruiting now. This is the first study of its kind and it is directed towards understanding how environmental fac…
 
Jean Macklaim is a Bioinformatician at DNA Genotek who has an extensive history with RNA research. Jean received her PhD in Biochemistry and Bachelor of Science in Human Genetics from the University of Western Ontario where she focused on sequencing technologies and bioinformatics methods to understand the structure and function of the microbiome i…
 
An interview with Stephen Tang, President and CEO of OraSure Technologies and its subsidiaries DNA Genotek, CoreBiome and Novosanis. Steve spoke about how he fosters a culture of innovation across the entire organization. In the podcast, he discusses how innovation helps the organization respond to change, how developing people and creating opportu…
 
This week, I interview Scott Rabuka, Director of the Genomics Program at DNA Genotek for our podcast, Molecules, Microbes and Multiomics. Scott joined DNA Genotek in 2008 as the product manager for Oragene and successfully expanded the product into a complete family of solutions for global genomic research and clinical use. He is responsible for th…
 
We recently had the opportunity to visit our new sister company, Novosanis, in Antwerp, Belgium, to talk about urine as a sample type. Novosanis is dedicated to solving urine sampling challenges through its product Colli-Pee™ - an award-winning device designed to efficiently and hygienically capture first-void urine (the first 20ml of a urine sampl…
 
We recently introduced listeners of Molecules, microbes and multiomics to our sister company, CoreBiome, a privately-held, Minnesota-based microbiome analysis company that accelerates discovery for customers in the pharmaceutical, agricultural, environmental and research communities. We are continuing this story via an interview with CoreBiome co-f…
 
In the podcast, Dr. Dan Knights, co-founder and CEO of CoreBiome discusses the problems CoreBiome was built to solve and the challenges surrounding reproducibility in the microbiome field. You’ll learn why he “geeks out” about quality, efficiency, and accuracy and how his team keeps CoreBiome at the forefront of the microbiome industry. Learn more …
 
With the Earth's population continuing to increase there is an increasing demand for food. But how can food production become more efficient? One answer to that question is transgenic crops. Transgenic crops are crops that contain DNA from two different organisms. Usually the genome of the target organism is supplemented with a gene or multiple gen…
 
"Who was Henrietta Lacks?" and "Where do HeLa cells come from?" These are a few of the questions answered in this podcast, which explores the origins of the very first immortal cell line. The HeLa cells originate from the an epidermoid carcinoma from the cervix from Henrietta Lacks. Rebecca Skloot helps us explore the everything HeLa, as these cell…
 
This podcast revisits the taxonomic system of life and asks the question: "is the word Prokaryote out of date?" In this world of science literature it is ever important that we are all on the same page. Join as we clarify a topic that many amateur and professional scientists struggle with. We also introduce our next podcast topic... the HeLa cells.…
 
This episode delves inside the world of SAR11. The most abundant microbe in the Oceans, and in fact on the Planet! Only discovered in 1990 by Stephen Giovannoni et. al., this microbe has already had its genome sequenced. SAR11 plays an important role as not just the garbage cleaner and elemental recycler of the oceans, but is also involved in the c…
 
This is the first official podcast from thescientist, in the series; "Microbes, the little guys". In this episode we discuss the structure and information to expect from this podcast and also the taxonomic classification of life. The classification systems mentioned include the dichotomous Plant / Animal Linneas system, the 5 kingdom system by Whit…
 
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