Thank you to Mark and Vanessa Laarveld from Euro-Can Enterprises who last week braved the rainy weather and held a fundraiser at the annual MMI golf tournament and donated all proceeds to us!
We love the continued community support we receive and are honoured to be chosen as their charity of choice.
We are only 3 weeks out from our Kids Dance Party and we have only 90 tickets left. Very exciting!
We are hoping to sell out by May. I know many of you have already done this but if you all can share this event that would be awesome.
Thanks to all those who have supported!
GREAT NEWS FROM THE LAB!
Since the first DIPG biopsy has been successfully sorted for single cell analysis a few weeks ago, the researches at Dana-Farber and MGH were able to isolate the RNA from the individual tumor cells. The RNA was then reverse transcribed into cDNA in order to be sequenced. After the reverse transcription the cDNA from each cell was tagged with a barcode (a short unique sequence of base pairs). The code enables bioinformaticians to identify which piece of cDNA came from which cell, later in the process. You can see the workflow depicted in the graphic below.
Before the cDNA is sequenced, the scientists need to make sure that the quality of the sample is good enough and that the reverse transcription actually worked. This is done by an electrophoresis of the sample. You can see the “quality check” electropherogram of the cDNA from DIPG cells in the graph below. The curve suggests an almost perfect sample quality and the sample concentration is more than sufficient for sequencing. This result is better than we could have hoped for!
In the next few days the first cDNA-pool of DIPG cells will be sequenced! The analysis of the data will take some time, but it will give the scientists a better understanding of the DIPG biology and is going to help them to identify new vulnerabilities of this disease.
Thank you to Nathan Brown for donating a portion of his birthday money to Madox’s Warriors!
We love when kids think of other kids that are battling or have battled and are always honoured to receive their support.
Great community support!
Thanks Nathan and Happy Birthday!