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Celera is a subsidiary of Quest Diagnostics which focuses on genetic sequencing and related technologies. It was founded in 1998 as a business unit of Applera, spun off into an independent company in 2008, and finally acquired by Quest Diagnostics in 2011. Wikipedia.


Broder S.,Celera
Science Translational Medicine | Year: 2010

The year 2010 marks the 25th anniversary of modern antiretroviral drug discovery and development. In the early 1980s, AIDS was almost always a lethal disease with an appalling clinical course characterized by severe opportunistic infections and unusual forms of cancer. Since that time, starting with zidovudine (AZT) and related 2′,3′-dideoxynucleosides, the causative retrovirus, now called HIV-1, went from being an untreatable infectious agent to being the target of highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART). This degree of progress refuted early prophesies of therapeutic futility and represents a striking example of translational medicine. Here I review foundational discoveries and events in HIV-1/AIDS research and explore lessons for future translational medicine efforts.


Methods and compositions are provided for assessing, treating, and preventing diseases, especially cancer, using cancer-associated targets (CAT). Methods and compositions are also provided for determining or predicting the effectiveness of a treatment for these diseases or for selecting a treatment, using CAT. Methods and compositions are further provided for modulating cell function using CAT. Also provided are compositions that modulate CAT (e.g., antagonists or agonists), such as antibodies, proteins, small molecule compounds, and nucleic acid agents (e.g., RNAi and antisense agents), as well as pharmaceutical compositions thereof. Further provided are methods of screening for agents that modulate CAT, and agents identified by these screening methods.


The present invention provides compositions and methods based on genetic polymorphisms that are associated with response to statin treatment, particularly for reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease, especially coronary heart disease (such as myocardial infarction) and stroke. For example, the present invention relates to nucleic acid molecules containing the polymorphisms, variant proteins encoded by these nucleic acid molecules, reagents and kits for detecting the polymorphic nucleic acid molecules and variant proteins, and methods of using the nucleic acid molecules and proteins as well as methods of using reagents and kits for their detection.


The present invention is based on the discovery of genetic polymorphisms that are associated with myocardial infarction. In particular, the present invention relates to nucleic acid molecules containing the polymorphisms, variant proteins encoded by such nucleic acid molecules, reagents for detecting the polymorphic nucleic acid molecules and proteins, and methods of using the nucleic acid and proteins as well as methods of using reagents for their detection.


The present invention is based on the discovery of genetic polymorphisms that are associated with liver fibrosis and related pathologies. In particular, the present invention relates to nucleic acid molecules containing the polymorphisms, including groups of nucleic acid molecules that may be used as a signature marker set, variant proteins encoded by such nucleic acid molecules, reagents for detecting the polymorphic nucleic acid molecules and proteins, and methods of using the nucleic acid and proteins as well as methods of using reagents for their detection.

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