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Aparna Natarajan

Aparna holds an MS in Molecular Biology, Biochemistry and Microbiology from the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.

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Exploring The Frontiers: An Introduction to Metagenomics

By Aparna Natarajan | January 31, 2013

Why Metagenomics? The microorganisms that we know and understand today are the ones which either cause human diseases, or are beneficial to human society in some way. From wine and cheese in food industry to the pharmaceutical industry- they are an indispensable part of our lives. Despite making good progress in understanding the microbial world,…

NGS in clinical diagnostics

By Aparna Natarajan | November 15, 2012

Thirty-five years ago, Dr. Janet Davison Rowley sat at a microscope in her lab at the University of Chicago and made a remarkable discovery in cancer biology, that leukemia is caused by the translocation of a chromosome. In other words, it is a disease of the DNA. Today, thanks to next generation sequencing (NGS), we can zoom in…

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