Horizon August 2022

HORIZON Newsletter – August 2022

The Center for Advanced Genomics hits the road in August! We’re headed to scientific conferences and training symposia across the country. Catch up with us at: IHIA | New Orleans, LA | August 7-9CHIA | Las Vegas, NV | August 23-26ISFG | Washington, DC | August 29- Sept. 2 Can our methods for extracting and analyzing trace and degraded DNA from challenging samples help solve your toughest cases? Let’s talk! Focused on FGG? At ISFG, Stephen Turner, PhD and Michelle Peck, M.F.S will present their latest research in can’t-miss poster sessions! View the full Horizon newsletter and sign up for future updates here. MORE

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SeqScreen Makes News

June 21, 2022 • A press release authored by Rice University announcing the publishing of our recent, co-authored paper, “SeqScreen: accurate and sensitive functional screening of pathogenic sequences via ensemble learning” was featured on UK-based online medical and life sciences news … MORE

Signature Science Co-Authors Study Published in “BMC: Genome Biology”

Abstract The COVID-19 pandemic has emphasized the importance of accurate detection of known and emerging pathogens. However, robust characterization of pathogenic sequences remains an open challenge. To address this need we developed SeqScreen, which accurately characterizes short nucleotide sequences using taxonomic … MORE

“Cannabis Industry Journal” Highlights Signature Science’s Cannabis and Hemp Proficiency Testing Partnership with AOAC INTERNATIONAL

May 11, 2022 • Cannabis Industry Journal published an article discussing Signature Science’s recent partnership with AOAC INTERNATIONAL. Under this partnership, Signature Science will produce hemp and cannabis proficiency test samples for AOAC’s Cannabis Proficiency Testing Program. From the article: “What … MORE

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Signature Science’s Dr. Pravin Muthu Receives 2022 Dr. Billy Richardson Award

CBRNE Industry Group Award recognizes contributions of exemplary young researchers in the field of CBRNE Defense AUSTIN, TEXAS – May 19, 2022 – Signature Science is pleased to announce that the Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear and Explosives (CBRNE) Industry Group, a non-profit association formed to advance the development of CBRNE defense capabilities with a membership of over 130 industry members, has selected Dr. Pravin Muthu as its 2022 Dr. Billy Richardson Award recipient.Dr. Billy Richardson was an industry leader responsible for the development of multiple programs in service of the advancement of US biological and chemical defense capabilities. Dr. Richardson paved … MORE

SigSci Scientists Co-Author Study Published in “Forensic Science International: Genetics”

Abstract Forensic genetic investigations typically rely on analysis of DNA for attribution purposes. There are times, however, when the amount and/or the quality of the DNA is limited, and thus little or no information can be obtained regarding the source of … MORE

AOAC INTERNATIONAL Names Signature Science, LLC as Exclusive Provider for Cannabis Proficiency Test Samples

Signature Science to produce samples under ISO 17043 for use in AOAC’s Cannabis PT Program AUSTIN, TEXAS – May 10, 2022 – AOAC INTERNATIONAL and Signature Science, LLC have entered into a 3-year Memorandum of Understanding, under which Signature Science, LLC … MORE

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Minireview Published in ASM Infection and Immunity: Categorizing Sequences of Concern by Function To Better Assess Mechanisms of Microbial Pathogenesis

Abstract To identify sequences with a role in microbial pathogenesis, we assessed the adequacy of their annotation by existing controlled vocabularies and sequence databases. Our goal was to regularize descriptions of microbial pathogenesis for improved integration with bioinformatic applications. Here, we … MORE

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HORIZON Newsletter – April 2022

CAG Heads to Reno Leaders from our ANAB-Accredited Forensic DNA Laboratory are presenting and exhibiting at the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors (ASCLD) Annual Symposium next week! Their respective experiences working for a forensic laboratory in the midst of a global … MORE

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Signature Science Review of Direct PCR and Rapid DNA Approaches to Sexual Assault Kit Testing Published in “Journal of Forensic Sciences”

Abstract Crime laboratories have been faced with large casework backlogs due to lengthy processing times, limited resources and scientists, and rising crime rates. Evidence related to sexual assault crimes, specifically sexual assault kits (SAKs), heavily contribute to the reported backlogs. … MORE

D.C.’s Department of Forensic Science Selects Signature Science to Perform DNA & Serology Testing on Fired Shell Casings

SigSci analysts will employ proprietary FRISC® method to extract DNA from spent shell casings AUSTIN, TEXAS – April 12, 2022 – Signature Science, LLC was selected by the Department of Forensic Science (DFS) in Washington, D.C. to perform DNA and serology … MORE

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