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Biotech has changed considerably from the historical uses in agriculture and food science, mainly due to molecular techniques. However, gene technology applied to traditional processes, like winemaking, allows more control over the outcome.

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Types of RNA
Lots of new research is being done using miRNA and siRNA, as small molecule treatments for various diseases. As a result, these small RNA pieces have become very popular topics in biotech, but for those of you who aren’t all that familiar with the nucleic acids, there are three major types of RNA within cells. The micro/si RNAs come from one of them, called messenger RNA (mRNA). Here’s the lowdown on the three types of larger RNA particles:

mRNA – are the direct product of transcription from DNA. Resulting mRNA sequences contain the codes, and are the template, for production of proteins in our cells.
rRNA – Ribosomal RNA come in various sizes that, combined, form complexes that promote translation of mRNA sequences to make proteins.

tRNA – Transfer RNA are small hairpin-shaped particles that carry around an amino acid at one end and have the anti-codon to an mRNA codon, at the other end. Individual tRNA bind to mRNA one at a time along the strand and, with the help of rRNA, ‘transfer’ their amino acid to the growing peptide chain.

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Viral and Host Genetic Factors Regulating HIV-Associated CNS Disease (R01)

Executive Summary Purpose. The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) solicit research grant applications to support studies focused on viral and host genetic factors , involved in HIV-1 Associated Neurocognitive Disorders (HAND) in the setting of highly active anti-retroviral therapy (HAART). Recent clinical studies indicate that over 50% of HIV-infected patients manifest HAND despite receiving… more

What is genomics and post genomics?

Genomics encompasses everything from sequencing genomes, ascribing functions to genes, and studying the structure of genes (gene architecture). Post-genomics takes these techniques further,  studying patterns in how genes are transcribed into messenger RNA, the chemical that carries the instructions for forming proteins (transcriptomics), in the way genes are expressed as proteins (proteomics), and in how they influence the chemicals that control our cellular biochemistry and… more

US Universities for Masters in Biotechnology

  • University of Wisconsin – Madision – M.S. Biotechnology
  • California State University – Channel Islands – M.S. biotechnology and Bioinformatics, M.S. Biotechnology and MBA Dual Degree
  • University of Maryland University College – M.S. Biotechnology ( No GRE Required)
  • Georgetown University – M.S. Biotechnology, M.S. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (GRE Not Required)
  • Northeastern University – PSM Biotechnology
  • Indiana University School of Medicine – M.S. Biotechnology – GRE Scores Not required
  • John Hopkins University – M.S. Biotechnology/MBA
  • University of Rhode Island – M.S. Clinical Laboratory Science GRE Not Required ( Biotechnology, Cytopathology, Clinical Laboratory Science). M.S., PhD Cell and Molecular Biology tracks (Biochemistry, Microbiology, Molecular Genetics) GRE Required
  • University of Florida – M.S./MBA Biotechnology
  • University of Texas at Dallas – Masters in Biotechnology ( Molecular and Cell Biology )
  • Marywood University – Masters in Biotechnology, PSM program (GRE Not required)
  • University of Central Florida – M.S. Biotechnology – GRE Scores Required
  • Roosevelt University –  is a special health plan for the non US citizens visiting the US. M.S. in Biotechnology and Chemical Science
  • University of the Sciences in Philadelphia – M.S. Cell Biology and Biotechnology – GRE Scores Not Required
  • East Carolina State University – M.S. Cell Biology and Biotechnology – GRE Scores Required
  • Texas Tech University – M.S. biotechnology – GRE 1100+
  • University of Buffalo – State University of New york – Masters in Biotechnology
  • Polytechnic University of New York – M.S. Biotechnology
  • University of Houston at Clear Lake – M.S. biotechnology (Molecular Biology, Cell Biology)

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Recent News

Viral and Host Genetic Factors Regulating HIV-Associated CNS Disease (R01)

Executive Summary Purpose. The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) solicit research grant applications to support studies focused on viral and host genetic factors , involved in HIV-1 Associated Neurocognitive Disorders (HAND) in the setting of highly active anti-retroviral therapy (HAART). Recent clinical studies indicate that over 50% of HIV-infected patients manifest HAND despite receiving… more

What is genomics and post genomics?

Genomics encompasses everything from sequencing genomes, ascribing functions to genes, and studying the structure of genes (gene architecture). Post-genomics takes these techniques further,  studying patterns in how genes are transcribed into messenger RNA, the chemical that carries the instructions for forming proteins (transcriptomics), in the way genes are expressed as proteins (proteomics), and in how they influence the chemicals that control our cellular biochemistry and… more

Viral and Host Genetic Factors Regulating HIV-Associated CNS Disease (R01)

Executive Summary

Purpose. The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) solicit research grant applications to support studies focused on viral and host genetic factors , involved in HIV-1 Associated Neurocognitive Disorders (HAND) in the setting of highly active anti-retroviral therapy (HAART). Recent clinical studies indicate that over 50% of HIV-infected patients manifest HAND despite receiving HAART. The focus of this initiative is to encourage studies to discover novel genetic paradigms that may account for the interactions between the virus, the host, and the therapeutic drugs in the central nervous system (CNS) that result in the pathogenesis, progression, and clinical manifestations of HAND. The use of state-of-the-art genetic approaches (including transcriptomics, phenomics, epigenomics, whole genome association studies, next generation sequencing, exome sequencing, & systems biology) to identify and validate (including in vitro models, animal models, & human samples) viral and host genetic factors which influence the pathophysiology of HAND are encouraged.

Key Dates

Release/Posted Date: July 29, 2010
Opening Date: December 6, 2010 (Earliest date an application may be submitted to Grants.gov)
Letters of Intent Receipt Date(s): December 6, 2010
NOTE: On-time submission requires that applications be successfully submitted to Grants.gov no later than 5:00 p.m. local time (of the applicant institution/organization).
Application Due Date(s): January 6, 2011
Peer Review Date(s): March 2011
Council Review Date(s): May 2011
Earliest Anticipated Start Date(s): July 1, 2011

For more information, please visit: medbioworld.com/postgenomicsblog/

Recent News

Viral and Host Genetic Factors Regulating HIV-Associated CNS Disease (R01)

Executive Summary Purpose. The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) solicit research grant applications to support studies focused on viral and host genetic factors , involved in HIV-1 Associated Neurocognitive Disorders (HAND) in the setting of highly active anti-retroviral therapy (HAART). Recent clinical studies indicate that over 50% of HIV-infected patients manifest HAND despite receiving… more

What is genomics and post genomics?

Genomics encompasses everything from sequencing genomes, ascribing functions to genes, and studying the structure of genes (gene architecture). Post-genomics takes these techniques further,  studying patterns in how genes are transcribed into messenger RNA, the chemical that carries the instructions for forming proteins (transcriptomics), in the way genes are expressed as proteins (proteomics), and in how they influence the chemicals that control our cellular biochemistry and… more

What is genomics and post genomics?

Genomics encompasses everything from sequencing genomes, ascribing functions to genes, and studying the structure of genes (gene architecture).

Post-genomics takes these techniques further,  studying patterns in how genes are transcribed into messenger RNA, the chemical that carries the instructions for forming proteins (transcriptomics), in the way genes are expressed as proteins (proteomics), and in how they influence the chemicals that control our cellular biochemistry and metabolism (metabolomics).

By studying an individual’s entire genome, we can see which genes are active at particular times and under different environmental conditions, and see how these affect outward characteristics.

The United States is a major center for genomics research and development, which means many professionals from overseas study and work in genomics in America.

For more information, please visit the National Human Genome Research Institute and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention genomics page.

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Recent News

Viral and Host Genetic Factors Regulating HIV-Associated CNS Disease (R01)

Executive Summary Purpose. The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) solicit research grant applications to support studies focused on viral and host genetic factors , involved in HIV-1 Associated Neurocognitive Disorders (HAND) in the setting of highly active anti-retroviral therapy (HAART). Recent clinical studies indicate that over 50% of HIV-infected patients manifest HAND despite receiving… more

What is genomics and post genomics?

Genomics encompasses everything from sequencing genomes, ascribing functions to genes, and studying the structure of genes (gene architecture). Post-genomics takes these techniques further,  studying patterns in how genes are transcribed into messenger RNA, the chemical that carries the instructions for forming proteins (transcriptomics), in the way genes are expressed as proteins (proteomics), and in how they influence the chemicals that control our cellular biochemistry and… more