Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Good Viruses? Yes, Thanks to DNA Sequencing

Genetic Engineering News, one of Kalorama's favorite sources of information in the biopharma world, (and an avid user of Kalorama's Market Estimates) carries a story on the discovery of viruses that have a positive function.  In this case, they are referring to 'viruses that can zap zits.'  Which in practice means, isolated phages of virus have been found using heavy sequencers which can kill  P. acnes --  that elusive bacteria responsible for acne.
According to the article: 
After isolating, then sequencing the genomes of 11 Propionibacterium acnes phages, a team of researchers from the University of California (UCLA). and the University of Pittsburgh says it found similarities between the phages that may make them suitable against P. acnes, the bacterium believed responsible for the zits so many have long tried to zap.
What's significant about this article is that discovery of these type of treatments is only possible through DNA Sequencing.  The more research 'hits' that we see in the coming years, the more funding agencies will take an interest in sequencing research labs.  We needn't add that this is especially true where the target is one of heavy consumer interest.  These type of discoveries will increase the relevance of systems and drive the market for innovative, faster systems with more read length.  Kalorama's new report
http://www.kaloramainformation.com/DNA-Sequencing-Equipment-7118427/  details the current state of DNA Sequencing Equipment Markets.