Barbara Duck from The Medical Quack blog shared a link with me yesterday and I was surprised to see how strong the connection is between personalized medicine and the world of microRNAs. MicroRNAs (miRNA) are single-stranded RNA molecules of about 21–23 nucleotides in length, which regulate gene expression; according to Wikipedia.
The link took me to the website of Rosetta Genomics, a company that was founded in Israel in 2000. From the FAQ:
Rosetta Genomics mission is to develop a novel class of diagnostics and therapeutics based on a recently discovered family of genes called microRNAs.
Rosetta Genomics is developing diagnostic and therapeutic products based on micro-ribonucleic acid, commonly known as microRNA, primarily for cancer and women’s health indications.
They provide 3 diagnostic tests:
- miRview Squamous: differentiates squamous from non-squamous non-small cell lung cancer
- miRview mets: dentifies the tissue-of-origin of metastatic tumors.
- miRview meso: differentiates malignant pleural mesothelioma from peripheral adenocarcinomas of the lung or metastatic carcinomas involving the lung pleura.
It will be interesting to see how they move forward with this concept.
And in case you need a miRNA search engine, here is Intragenic miRNA browser:
It’s been a long and hard week but I’ve been trying to keep you up-to-date about several fields of medicine, genetics and IT. Now, while watching the film Solaris (2002), I’d like to share some interesting medicine 2.0-related articles with you:
- Healia Update: They launched two new search engine tools. PubMed/Medline Search is specifically designed to help consumers retrieve abstracts of scientific articles published in biomedical journals. Clinical Trials Search retrieves clinical trials information from the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) ClinicalTrials.gov dataset.
- What is your favorite blog entry that you have written in your own blog? Or, especially if you do not have a blog, what is your favorite comment you have written on someone else’s blog?
Well, here are the posts I’m most proud of:
Anyway, I don’t think I could submit them for the 2nd Science Blogging Anthology. What do you think?
- Check out BioDatabase.Org for all the biological databases currently available on the internet!
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Eye on DNA, KidneyNotes, Deepak at bbgm, Kerri at Six Until Me, Rick at My Biotech Life).