New DNA facility can keep PH scientists ‘at home’

The series of disease outbreaks the country experienced in 2009 such as the A(H1N1) influenza virus, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome and dengue has turned out to have a silver lining as they led to the establishment of a state-of-the art facility devoted to genomics and biotechnology on the University of the Philippines (UP) campus in Diliman, Quezon City.


What is a Filipino? Looking at our DNA for the answers

Excerpt from the article that came out at GMA News Online on January 28, 2013.

What’s your mix? Remember that infamous advertising campaign a few months ago, which raised the ire of the Philippine public? Extolling the virtues of Filipinos who were “mixed” —part-Filipino, part something else— it was really meant to be a celebration of diversity, but many saw it as praising the part-foreign among us.


DSCF attends the 4th Annual Asia-Pacific Life Technologies Sequencing Summit

Dr. Cynthia Saloma and research assistant Denice Palmos attended the 4th Annual Asia-Pacific Life Technologies Sequencing Summit last October 7-9, 2012 held in Bali, Indonesia. The event featured plenary sessions and scientific poster presentations, which highlighted different research studies from a wide variety of genomic field specializations.


PGC attends the BGI Bioinformatics Workshop

Last September 17-21, 2012, members of the PGC Core Facilities attended a bioinformatics workshop held in BGI (formerly Beijing Genomics Institute) Shenzhen, China. Marylette Roa represented CFB while David Gonzales represented DSCF. The workshop included topics on variation detection, small RNA research, transcriptomics, genome assembly, single cell omics, and epigenetics.