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THE SCIENCE OF PROGRESS

Wed, 01/01/2025 - 1:00am

At HudsonAlpha we engage the power of biotechnology to improve life.  Implementing a three-fold mission of genomic research, economic development and educational outreach, HudsonAlpha creates the environment and conditions to nurture life-affirming "Eureka!" moments in the lab, marketplace and classroom.

Registration opens for Summer Short Course

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 9:32am

The Summer Short Course, a new three-week course in July for high school students, will explore the science behind synthetic biology, one of the newest fields in the world of science.   

  Best described as the intersection of engineering and biology, synthetic biology has a promising future focused on solving some of the world’s biggest challenges in health, energy and agriculture.   This intensive program will allow students learn techniques that support synthetic biology, including DNA extraction, restriction enzyme digest and analysis, bacterial transformation, PCR Amplification, and bioinformatics.   For more information, visit the Summer Short Course registration page.  

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2014 Spring Benefit for Disorders of the Immune System

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 9:04pm

Are you healthy? How do you know?

Most of us know we are healthy by the way we feel. Typically, that same impulse lets us know if we are unhealthy.

But what if we could find out about diseases before they grow inside of us? This is the direction we are headed through ImmunoGenomics.

Immunogenomics is the application of DNA sequencing technologies and analysis of the human genome in order to understand the immune system and origins of disease.

HudsonAlpha's sixth annual Spring Benefit — Thursday, April 24 — will focus on disorders of the immune systems and ImmunoGenomics, one of biotech's most exciting and increasingly relevant fields.

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2014 Double Helix Dash 5K to benefit childhood genetic disorders research

Tue, 02/25/2014 - 9:03pm

Runners, get ready for one of Huntsville's most unique races. HudsonAlpha will host the third annual Double Helix Dash 5K and 1-mile fun run on Tuesday, April 8, at 5:30 p.m.

The certified 5K course begins and ends on Genome Way in front of HudsonAlpha, winds through McMillian Park's distinctive double helix path, and extends into other points across Cummings Research Park. The 1-mile event also winds through McMillian Park.

"The support from the community for this race has been incredible," said Carter Wells, race director and vice president for advancement and economic development at HudsonAlpha. "We've had a strong turnout each of the first two years. It's a great event for individuals and families, whether they want to run, walk or simply spend an afternoon along McMillian Park. I hope everyone comes out to enjoy part of their day with us."

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Pond-dwelling powerhouse’s genome points to its biofuel potential

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 1:20pm

HudsonAlpha’s Jeremy Schmutz a key contributor to milestone discovery

Duckweed is a tiny floating plant that’s been known to drive people daffy. It’s one of the smallest and fastest-growing flowering plants that often becomes a hard-to-control weed in ponds and small lakes. But it’s also been exploited to clean contaminated water and as a source to produce pharmaceuticals. Now, the genome of Greater Duckweed (Spirodela polyrhiza) has given this miniscule plant’s potential as a biofuel source a big boost. In a paper published February 19, 2014 in the journal Nature Communications, researchers from Rutgers University, the Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute, HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology and several other facilities detailed the complete genome of S. polyrhiza and analyzed it in comparison to several other plants, including rice and tomatoes.

Release Date:  February 19, 2014 (All day) Contact Name:  Beth Pugh Contact Email:  256-327-0443 Organization Background:  ABOUT HUDSONALPHA: HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology is a non-profit institute dedicated to innovating in the field of genomic technology and sciences across a spectrum of biological problems. Its mission is three-fold: sparking scientific discoveries that can impact human health and well-being; fostering bio-tech entrepreneurship; and encouraging the creation of a genomics-literate workforce and society. The HudsonAlpha biotechnology campus consists of 152 acres nestled within Cummings Research Park, the nation's second largest research park. Designed to be a hothouse of biotech economic development, HudsonAlpha’s state-of-the-art facilities co-locate scientific researchers with entrepreneurs and educators. The relationships formed on the HudsonAlpha campus allow serendipity to yield results in medicine and agriculture. Since opening in 2008, HudsonAlpha, under the leadership of Dr. Richard M. Myers, former director of the Stanford Human Genome Center, has built a name for itself in genetics and genomics research and biotech education, and boasts 23 biotech companies on campus. ABOUT THE JOINT GENOME INSTITUTE: The U.S. Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute, supported by the DOE Office of Science, is committed to advancing genomics in support of DOE missions related to clean energy generation and environmental characterization and cleanup. DOE JGI, headquartered in Walnut Creek, Calif., provides integrated high-throughput sequencing and computational analysis that enable systems-based scientific approaches to these challenges.

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Registration opens for HudsonAlpha-Science’s 2014 Conference on ImmunoGenomics

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 11:44am

International conference brings together preeminent leaders and thinkers at the intersection of genomics and immunology

HUNTSVILLE, Ala., Feb. 14 — Registration opens today for the HudsonAlpha-Science 2014 Conference on ImmunoGenomics, to be held Sept. 29–Oct. 1 on the HudsonAlpha biotechnology campus in Huntsville, Ala. 

The event offers a dynamic program covering the major themes of this emerging scientific field.  ImmunoGenomics sits at the heart of the movement toward ‘personalized’ medicine and the use of DNA sequencing to improve disease diagnosis and treatment.  More information, including registration and sponsorships, can be found at the event site: http://haig.aaas.org.

Release Date:  February 14, 2014 (All day) Contact Name:  Beth Pugh Contact Email:  [email protected] Contact Phone:  256.327.0443 Organization Background:  ABOUT HUDSONALPHA: HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology is a non-profit institute dedicated to innovating in the field of genomic technology and sciences across a spectrum of biological problems. Its mission is three-fold: sparking scientific discoveries that can impact human health and well-being; fostering bio-tech entrepreneurship; and encouraging the creation of a genomics-literate workforce and society. The HudsonAlpha biotechnology campus consists of 152 acres nestled within Cummings Research Park, the nation's second largest research park. Designed to be a hothouse of biotech economic development, HudsonAlpha’s state-of-the-art facilities co-locate scientific researchers with entrepreneurs and educators. The relationships formed on the HudsonAlpha campus allow serendipity to yield results in medicine and agriculture. Since opening in 2008, HudsonAlpha, under the leadership of Dr. Richard M. Myers, former director of the Stanford Human Genome Center, has built a name for itself in genetics and genomics research and biotech education, and boasts 23 biotech companies on campus. ABOUT AAAS: The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is the world’s largest general scientific society and publisher of the journal Science (www.sciencemag.org) as well as Science Translational Medicine (www.sciencetranslationalmedicine.org) and Science Signaling (www.sciencesignaling.org). AAAS was founded in 1848 and includes some 261 affiliated societies and academies of science, serving 10 million individuals. Science has the largest paid circulation of any peer-reviewed general science journal in the world, with an estimated total readership of 1 million. The non-profit AAAS (www.aaas.org) is open to all and fulfills its mission to “advance science and serve society” through initiatives in science policy, international programs, science education, public engagement, and more.

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HudsonAlpha’s Neil Lamb testifies before House Ways and Means Education Committee on reach of science training throughout state

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 11:54am

Montgomery, Ala. — February 12, 2014 — HudsonAlpha Vice President for Educational Outreach Neil Lamb, Ph.D., testifies today before the Alabama House of Representatives Ways and Means Education Committee about the many ways HudsonAlpha is making a difference in Alabama education.

Lamb will highlight for lawmakers how the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology is progressing in its goal to train every life science teacher across the state of Alabama on an ongoing basis.

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New method developed for ranking disease-causal mutations within whole genome sequences

Tue, 02/11/2014 - 3:41pm

Approach distills vast amounts of data into a single score

Seattle, Wash. and Huntsville, Ala.—Researchers from the University of Washington and the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology have developed a new method for organizing and prioritizing genetic data. The Combined Annotation–Dependent Depletion, or CADD, method will assist scientists in their search for disease-causing mutation events in human genomes.   The new method is the subject of a paper titled “A general framework for estimating the relative pathogenicity of human genetic variants,” published in Nature Genetics.

Release Date:  February 6, 2014 (All day) Contact Name:  Beth Pugh Contact Email:  [email protected] Contact Phone:  256.327.0443 Organization Background:  The HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology in Huntsville, Ala, is the cornerstone of the Cummings Research Park Biotechnology Campus. The campus hosts a synergistic cluster of life sciences talent ‐ science, education and business professionals ‐ that promises collaborative innovation to turn knowledge and ideas into commercial products and services for improving human health and strengthening Alabama’s progressively diverse economy. The non‐profit institute is housed in a state‐of‐the‐art, 270,000-square‐ft. facility strategically located in the nation’s second largest research park. HudsonAlpha has a three‐fold mission of genomic research, economic development and educational outreach.

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Biotech 201 cancelled for Tuesday, February 11

Tue, 02/11/2014 - 12:13pm

Due to hazardous road conditions, HudsonAlpha will not host Biotech 201 at the Jackson Center this evening. Consequently, it will not be available for online viewers either.

Instead, the final session of Biotech 201 will meet on Tuesday, March 4, at the Jackson Center to ensure participants still receive full benefit of the topic. Those participants who are unable to attend the March 4 makeup session will be provided access to the live webcast and subsequent recording of the session.

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New method developed for ranking disease-causal mutations within whole genome sequences

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 4:01pm

Approach distills vast amounts of data into a single score

Seattle, Wash. and Huntsville, Ala.—Researchers from the University of Washington and the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology have developed a new method for organizing and prioritizing genetic data. The Combined Annotation–Dependent Depletion, or CADD, method will assist scientists in their search for disease-causing mutation events in human genomes.   The new method is the subject of a paper titled “A general framework for estimating the relative pathogenicity of human genetic variants,” published in Nature Genetics. Release Date:  February 6, 2014 (All day) Contact Name:  Beth Pugh Contact Phone:  256.327.0443 Organization Background:  The HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology in Huntsville, Ala, is the cornerstone of the Cummings Research Park Biotechnology Campus. The campus hosts a synergistic cluster of life sciences talent ‐ science, education and business professionals ‐ that promises collaborative innovation to turn knowledge and ideas into commercial products and services for improving human health and strengthening Alabama’s progressively diverse economy. The non‐profit institute is housed in a state‐of‐the‐art, 270,000-square‐ft. facility strategically located in the nation’s second largest research park. HudsonAlpha has a three‐fold mission of genomic research, economic development and educational outreach.

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Conversant Bio Releases Normal Bone Marrow E-Book

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 12:27pm

Published by Global Leader in Tissue and Cell Samples, Guide Offers Key Information on Normal Bone Marrow to Help Researchers

Huntsville, AL—January 28, 2014 — Conversant Bio, a global leader in supplying the highest-quality human tissue and viable cell samples, today announced it is publishing a guide to the basics of normal bone marrow and how it’s used in research. The e-book A Researcher’s Guide to Normal Bone Marrow, is available as a free download at http://www.conversantbio.com/a-researchers-guide-to-normal-bone-marrow/.

Release Date:  January 28, 2014 (All day) Contact Name:  Luke Doiron Contact Email:  [email protected] Contact Phone:  (866) 838-2798 Organization Background:  Conversant Bio provides researchers around the world with hyper-annotated tissue samples in order to conduct informed, cutting-edge investigations into many of today's most problematic diseases. With a large prospective collections network of 36 U.S.-based clinical sites and an IRB-reviewed chain of custody quality control system, Conversant Bio provides the highest-quality samples on time and on budget. For additional information about Conversant Bio's services, visit the company's website at http://www.conversantbio.com. Conversant Bio is located with the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology in Huntsville, Ala.

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