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Source BioScience launches Sanger Sequencing Service in San Diego, CA to support life science researchers with market-leading genomic services
SAN DIEGO, Calif., Aug. 22, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- A leading provider of Genomic services in the UK and Ireland, Source BioScience ("Source"), a part of SourceBio International plc, is now bringing decades of expertise and customer satisfaction in Genomic services to the USA.Source is able to immediately serve biotechnology, pharmaceutical and research organisations in California and neighboring states with plans to expand its reach further across the US in the coming months. With further plans for rapid growth in the Genomics...
SAN DIEGO, Calif., Aug. 22, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- A leading provider of Genomic services in the UK and Ireland, Source BioScience ("Source"), a part of SourceBio International plc, is now bringing decades of expertise and customer satisfaction in Genomic services to the USA.
Source is able to immediately serve biotechnology, pharmaceutical and research organisations in California and neighboring states with plans to expand its reach further across the US in the coming months. With further plans for rapid growth in the Genomics space, Source will also soon be offering plasmid extraction and Next Generation Sequencing services as part of its portfolio.
Source has already established close relationships with pharmaceutical and life science companies through its dedicated Stability Storage service. A growing Genomic services portfolio will enable partnered research organizations to gain further value and accelerate their discoveries and contributions to furthering health innovation.
Sanger Sequencing services are available via the Source BioScience website (us.sourcebioscience.com), providing access to top quality genomic services with publication-ready data at unrivalled turnaround times.
In reflecting on the success of Source BioScience Sanger Sequencing Service in the UK, a customer from a leading research organization commented: "I started using Source BioScience after a recommendation and I am so pleased I switched. The onsite collection service is so easy to use and I have good quality sequencing data in my inbox by the time I come in the next day. This speed has made a huge difference to efficiency while the onsite collection has taken the stress out of submitting samples. I thoroughly recommend Source BioScience."
Jay LeCoque, Executive Chairman and CEO, commented: "We are excited to be able to offer our world-leading genomic services to our US customer base to further biotechnology and academic research at an accelerated pace."
Contacts:SourceBio International plcJay LeCoque, Executive Chairman and CEOJeremy Fordham, General Manager US firstname.lastname@example.orgDave Negus, Group Sequencing Manager email@example.comContact no: +1 (562) 944-4466For more information please visit us.sourcebioscience.com
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Sanger WR Bryson Baker emerging as 2025 recruit
ByLorenzo J. Reynahttps://247sports.com/college/fresno-state/Article/Sanger-WR-Bryson-Baker-emerging-as-2025-recruit-Fresno-State-football-recruiting-Jalen-Cropper-189327191/
Sanger High and Fresno State football have become intertwined before.Nikko Motta went from starring for the Apaches line to lining up alongside the likes of Derek Carr, Robbie Rouse and Davante Adams. Currently, former Apaches wide receiver star Jalen Cropper has emerged as one of the top returning talents in the nation for the Bulldogs.Now, Fresno State's eyes have begun to lock in on intriguing 2025 wide receiver prospect Bryson Baker of Sanger.Already, the 6-foot-1, 165-pounder caught the attention of the FS coaching ...
Sanger High and Fresno State football have become intertwined before.
Nikko Motta went from starring for the Apaches line to lining up alongside the likes of Derek Carr, Robbie Rouse and Davante Adams. Currently, former Apaches wide receiver star Jalen Cropper has emerged as one of the top returning talents in the nation for the Bulldogs.
Now, Fresno State's eyes have begun to lock in on intriguing 2025 wide receiver prospect Bryson Baker of Sanger.
Already, the 6-foot-1, 165-pounder caught the attention of the FS coaching staff at their June camp during the weekend of June 11 – with Motta telling BarkBoard.com that Bulldog coaches began conversing with Baker in wanting to know more about him. Baker was pulling down the 50-50 balls in the end zone and burning defenders deep on a day the sun was burning down on the 559.
Thanku you Fresno state for hosting a great 7v7 tourney went out there and balled Class of 2025 WR/DB !! @NEEKSFSU @FootballApaches @CoachRRouse @Albert_GarciaFB @PatMcCann7 @CoachTSkip @BrandonHuffman @GregBiggins pic.twitter.com/7t4VABMYpO— Bryson Baker (@BrysonnBaker) June 13, 2022
“The experience at Fresno State was amazing. I finally got my name out there,” Baker said. “Thankful for that tournament.”
Baker got the chance to meet with Pat McCann and Kirby Moore during the tournament.
“The conversation with Fresno State was good. They told me that I’m going to be a big-time high school football player,” Baker said. “Just got to stay focused and stay in the weight room…and they said you’ll be in a Bulldog jersey 3-4 years from now.”
Baker has defeated his opponents in the fall and summer months on fade routes, goal line slants and on comebacks. He’s also not afraid to go deep. And fittingly, the receiver he idolizes on the Fresno State roster is Cropper himself.
“I’ve always watched Jalen Cropper growing up. It excites me a lot because he set the path for kids from Sanger like me,” Baker said.
Does Baker envision himself pulling a Cropper and staying locally when that time comes?
“I would love to play locally at Fresno State. It’s always been a dream. And that’s a goal in the future,” Baker said.
Sanger school board won’t stop school merger, but will it drop its charter status?
Two Sanger Unified school programs will merge next year, despite outcry from some parents who have asked the school board to reconsider.But the merging of Hallmark Charter School and Taft Academy isn’t a board decision, district officials have said. The school board will decide whether Hallmark remains a charter school or drops that status.“The starting of Hallmark Academy – and the transition of Taft Academy – continues to move forward and evolve,” Sanger Unified Deputy Superintendent Eduardo Mart...
Two Sanger Unified school programs will merge next year, despite outcry from some parents who have asked the school board to reconsider.
But the merging of Hallmark Charter School and Taft Academy isn’t a board decision, district officials have said. The school board will decide whether Hallmark remains a charter school or drops that status.
“The starting of Hallmark Academy – and the transition of Taft Academy – continues to move forward and evolve,” Sanger Unified Deputy Superintendent Eduardo Martinez said. “And that evolution or transformation isn’t contingent on the dissolution of the charter. Hallmark Academy will evolve independently and transform Taft Academy into Hallmark Academy.”
Frustrated by the process, parents and teachers from Hallmark Charter School continue to question district leadership about the swift action to drop the school’s charter when the programs merge.
Taft parents are eager for the merger, so their children can reap the benefits of what Hallmark has to offer while still being under the online learning platform they need from Taft. The pushback from Hallmark families opposed to dropping the school’s charter status as part of the merger is what’s frustrating to Taft parents.
“‘Every child, every day,’” Justin Mesloh said, quoting the Sanger Unified motto during the May 24 board meeting. “You instilled that in me. I still believe that with our Taft Academy students. This exact phrase is the reason I believe the only way our Taft Academy students, including my daughters, will receive extracurricular activities is through this merger.”
Sanger leadership has proposed dropping Hallmark’s charter status starting in 2023, which would free up its funds for the Sanger Unified district as a whole.
“As a community, parents, students, and staff, we wouldn’t be here if district officials did due diligence before bringing the proposed merger of Hallmark Charter and Taft Academy to the board,” Hallmark Charter parent Auriette Larbi said. “We are here because our leaders have made a crucial and important decision without engaging stakeholders.
“We are asking our leaders: take time, engage the community and be transparent with the issues….”
The board will vote on the charter status dropping — what parents are frustrated with — not the merger of Hallmark and Taft to become Hallmark Academy, district leaders have said.
Superintendent Adela Jones said the district’s administration can evolve programs “for all our parents to access.”
“We don’t need board approval for that,” Jones said about the evolution of Hallmark Academy.
Mesloh said his children need the hands-on learning experiences Hallmark provides but need to remain Taft students.
Hallmark has music, art, enrichment classes, tutorials, and lab science programs.
One of his children was distracted while a part of in-person classes, which is why he and his wife chose Taft’s online platform, where she has grown and thrived, exceeding grade-level expectations.
That’s why they want to keep her at Taft. But keeping her at Taft has also meant that she doesn’t have access to extracurricular activities, like the optional, on-campus activities Hallmark offers.
“As parents, her mother and I would love the opportunities for her to receive some parts of STEM, art, music,” Mesloh said. “It’s become evident that the only way that this is going to happen is with this merger.”
Their second daughter would benefit from the merged Hallmark Academy as well because she needs hands-on activities and an at-home learning environment since she’d be entering school for the first time as a kindergartner. The Taft online learning platform with Hallmark’s opportunities is what they see as best for her.
Larbi and Hallmark Charter teacher Angela Ballew asked the board to take the time to consider their actions of dropping the charter status.
There are several reasons behind the decision to dissolve the charter, Jones previously told the Ed Lab. Those include the charter school’s declining enrollment for several years; streamlining business operations for both programs because the charter school’s Local Control Accountability Program dollars would become a part of the district’s funding to support the SUSD initiatives at Hallmark Academy; and allowing more equity and access to both programs.
This school year, Hallmark Charter School planned to spend more than $3.9 million, in which $216,670 was tied to services in LCAP, according to the local control funding formula budget overview accessible on Hallmark’s website.
Hallmark Charter was created 22 years ago for enrollment as a homeschool learning model just as it operates today, but that was when there weren’t many charter schools for it to compete with, Jones said. Sanger Unified’s charter schools join more than 1,300 as of the 2021-22 school year, according to the California Department of Education’s website.
“You have this charter; you worked hard to get it,” Ballew said. “We worked hard to keep it and make it something beautiful and special.”
Like most programs, Hallmark Charter might need to evolve to educate kids better, she said, but teachers need time to do that.
Without the charter status, out-of-district families must enroll through an interdistrict transfer, something that both Sanger and the other district must approve, leaving parents wary.
“I can speak from my experience,” Ballew said about the success of students who’ve been able to “just come” from across the Central Valley. “They just come. And they find their way.”
About 102 students from 10 other districts will have to use interdistrict transfers after Hallmark’s charter status is removed.
According to Associate Superintendent Tim Lopez and Jones, at least 24 of those families have completed the interdistrict transfers, which have to be done annually.
The district has reached out to each of the 10 other districts about the transfers and provided the links to the one-page transfer forms, Lopez said.
Currently, 491 students do transfers out of Sanger, 220 do interdistrict transfers, and around 300 who do intradistrict transfers, all of which require approval from the district students are leaving and entering.
Some districts require board approval or district office approval, Lopez said.
The district wants parents to have a “school of choice” with access to opportunities rather than either Hallmark Charter’s homeschool model with extracurricular opportunities or Taft Academy’s virtual program with no opportunities.
“The choice is around having two platforms under one school of choice,” Jones said.
Of Hallmark’s 252 students and Taft’s nearly 500, 455 have expressed their intentions of enrolling in the merged school. Some plan to continue Hallmark’s homeschool model, some plan to continue Taft’s virtual platform, and some have switched to the other learning model from their current learning style, Associate Superintendent Tim Lopez said.
Under the name Hallmark Academy, the merged school will still have:
Families would choose between Hallmark’s homeschool option and Taft’s virtual programming that logs on for classes at scheduled times throughout the day.
“The program of Hallmark is not going away,” Jones echoed both times she spoke with the Education Lab.
There are informational flyers — which Hallmark Charter parents say started being distributed at or around the time the merger proposal was first presented to the board on May 10 – about Hallmark Academy.
What’s left for the board to decide is whether to dissolve Hallmark’s charter status.
The board’s vote on the charter status will occur at a future board meeting, Jones said, and the district is “moving forward” with enrolling students in the new school of choice that Hallmark Academy is becoming.
To Larbi, the district has disregarded the school board.
Parents such as Larbi and Sara Florez and teachers like 22-year educator Shannon Anderson view the district’s actions as a “work-around” board approval.
Larbi told the board that the community trusts them to do the what’s best for students, families and the community.
“You do have a voice,” Florez repeated to the board. “No matter what the district has said about how they’re going to circumvent or go around you, you do have a voice. And your voice is supposed to be our voice, right? You’re representing everybody in the community, not just Sanger Unified School District (but) everybody in the community.
“You can speak for us.”
The Education Lab is a local journalism initiative that highlights education issues critical to the advancement of the San Joaquin Valley. It is funded by donors. Learn about The Bee’s Education Lab at its website.
Several complaints lodged against landscaping company run by former Sanger mayor
FRESNO, Calif. (FOX26 NEWS) — Several people have told FOX26 News a Valley landscaping company isn’t guilty of a couple mistakes – but rather, hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of damage.One of them is Lisa Wicks.“Everyday I walk out here and I’m just sick. I think, my poor parents must be thinking, ‘What did you do to my house?’ It breaks my heart because I loved this place,” said Wicks.The man who owns the company is Joshua David Mitchell, a former Sanger Mayo...
FRESNO, Calif. (FOX26 NEWS) — Several people have told FOX26 News a Valley landscaping company isn’t guilty of a couple mistakes – but rather, hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of damage.
One of them is Lisa Wicks.
“Everyday I walk out here and I’m just sick. I think, my poor parents must be thinking, ‘What did you do to my house?’ It breaks my heart because I loved this place,” said Wicks.
The man who owns the company is Joshua David Mitchell, a former Sanger Mayor who resigned and faced fines for conflicts of interest.
Wicks hired Mitchell to renovate her childhood home in 2019.
She says the experience was traumatic.
“I beat myself up about it for the last 2 and a half years, knowing I did this destruction to my childhood home and disrespected my parents.”
Wicks says JDM built a driveway she didn’t ask for “as a present.” It was built at a slant and flooded her garage.
“All the antique furniture that’s been in the house since 1958 that we hoped to salvage, it’s destroyed,” said Wicks. She says she was able to pay someone to fix some of it for an immense fee, but other items were lost.
JDM also charged $38,000 for a fence that shakes violently with the slightest push and has nails and screws still sticking out. It was supposed to be made of white oak, but a specialist told Lisa it’s fir.
Records show JDM charged for 24 glass panes, but Wicks says Mitchell only installed five. She also got five trees, but was charged for 25.
There are planters built in such a way that an arborist told Wicks will be deadly to the trees. There are other flowerpots glued to the cement using grout.
Wicks asked for multiple walkways that she wanted to be ADA compliant. One is only 16 inches wide, when a wheelchair needs three feet for access. Another is designed to be decoratively off-centered, but as a result is no longer fit for a wheelchair. The staggered walkway is also poorly troweled, with gouges and globs in the concrete.
Wicks says Mitchell also attempted three separate times to build a stairway, but eventually gave up. After that, she commissioned a Forensic Construction Defect Investigation from a company called Professional Inspection Services.
It’s 79 pages long.
The things it points out range from “significant visual defect” to “improper and non-professional.”
The word “unsafe” is in there 16 times. The stairway was listed as hazardous.
Some things, such as the installation of a gas line and an encroachment along the street, the report says were done without a permit.
“We did the forensics report because he was trying to charge us more than the contracts and was coming back with all these change orders that we had never agreed to and signed and was wanting money for it,” Wicks explained.
She has documentation of those change orders she never signed. One of them was for a fire pit she says she told JDM she didn’t want.
“We left on vacation and he built this hole,” she said, gesturing to an enormous empty pit in the middle of her backyard.
Wicks also says Mitchell requested she pay a $35,000 bill in seven separate $5,000 checks.
And then there’s something that’s more emotionally damaging than financial: Wicks says she found her deceased mother’s pajamas and underwear wrapped inside a pond filter to keep it quiet.
“I was mortified that he would go into our personal things and take out something to do that,” said Wicks tearfully. “Moreover, that he completely said, ‘Well you gave me permission.’ I would’ve never given permission to do that. It just breaks my heart, it was another way of being violated. The pond people that came out said, ‘Oh, we’ve fixed a couple of his ponds.’”
In the end, JDM charged just under $300,000 for their work. Another contractor’s estimate says it’ll cost $130,000 to rip out, and another $200,000 or so to renovate the landscape for a second time.
Wick says lawyer told her it would cost $150,000 to pursue JDM in court, and that she likely wouldn’t recoup any of her money, because Mitchell couldn’t afford the bill.
“I just don’t have the money to do it. I mean, it’s just impossible for me to finance that. Another $150,000 to go after him without the idea that we’d ever collect anything.”
Vatche Moukhtarian is going after JDM landscaping.
“We’re now having to piece this together to make our backyard livable and safe,” the restaurant owner said.
He and another family that filed a complaint against JDM Landscaping split the company’s $15,000 bond, meaning they each got $7,500. That pays for just 3.75% of what Moukhtarian paid Mitchell.
“I have accepted this is a bad thing that’s happened,” said Moukhtarian. “I’m trying to keep positive. I come back here, we’re working on it, and unfortunately I can’t afford to hire a crew to come and fix everything.”
Now, Moukhtarian is looking to take Mitchell to court.
He says a pizza oven JDM built collapsed after a year.
“Unfortunately the only thing that was holding that foam together was nails like this that were barely going in, maybe, so there was no structural support again. So half of it collapsed and I had to take down the other half, because I do have young kids,” said Moukhtarian. “He’s not even willing to fix, nor would I want him in my backyard again.”
A concrete counter collapsed as well. He says he pointed out to Mitchell during the building process that the counter wasn’t level, but Mitchell brushed him off and promised it would be by the end. It wasn’t.
“We’ve had to pick up probably 30-40% of the pavers and re-settle them because he never compacted the ground,” added Moukhtarian.
Moukhtarian has been documenting his problems with JDM landscaping on social media. After he posted online, people started reaching out, saying they’d gone through similar problems.
A family in Reedley told FOX26 it paid double to hire another contractor to tear out a pavilion JDM built.
A woman named Kim Smaldino had water building up over concrete slabs JDM poured. She says Mitchell told her he’d level it out, but says that leveler turned out to be paint that later chipped.
"We never pursued either since we knew we couldn't recoup any money from him," said Smaldino.
When cracks started forming in her flower bed, she says Mitchell told her it was the “Santa Barbara look.”
Moukhtarian says Mitchell told him the exact same thing when he complained about his cracks.
Even more concerning:
“When it rained, we had a lot of lower areas of our pavers flood because the drainage he put down wasn’t going anywhere. They’re fake drains that were on there, and all the water was going towards that,” said Moukhtarian. “The drain was just a pipe in the ground with a lid on it. So when the water came over here, it wasn’t going anywhere.”
Moukhtarian claims JDM sent a fake inspector to his home as well; he says when he called the City about it, they had no record of the inspector visiting his home. Wicks said something similar happened to her; when she asked to see the inspector’s license to take a picture, she says he refused.
“He always had an excuse for everything,” said Mouktarian of Mitchell. “I felt like people were getting taken advantage of and he was using my name to get these jobs.”
The Contractors Licensing Board said it isn’t able to confirm how many complaints were made about JDM Landscaping, but citations based on complaints are public record.
Those citations show some of the exact same things people talked with FOX26 News about – doing work without permits, exceeding contract amounts, doing work without contracts, improper change orders, and so on.
The CSLB says the complaint process is as follows:
Mitchell also has two small claims judgments against him, each for under $5,000. He has a federal tax lien of $44,179 recorded on June 14, 2021.
The Secretary of State suspended JDM Landscaping, Inc’s corporate tax status on January 3rd of 2022, but Mitchell’s CSLB license is still active. A previous company under Mitchell’s name, Western Landscape Development, Inc. filed for bankruptcy in 2013.
“The other thing that’s crazy is, he has this long list of everything he’s done wrong and he still has an active license,” said Wicks
The CSLB told FOX26 News in a statement,
There is a process for license revocation and suspension which is done after a thorough investigation and then an accusation is filed by the Attorney General’s Office. This is sought for the most egregious cases and usually involves multiple, serious acts.
“So how do you protect someone else from being hurt?” asked Wicks.
FOX26 News first reached out to Joshua Mitchell on February 21st, and he responded the same day to direct us to his lawyer. On Thursday, February 24th, his lawyer suggested we do the interview that following Tuesday, but then Mitchell never confirmed the interview time. We suggested an interview either Wednesday or Thursday, but didn’t hear back.
If you'd like to file a complaint against JDM Landscaping, Inc. go here.
12-year-old Sanger girl in need of kidney transplant, how you can help by buying a Sundae:
SANGER, Ca — Foster’s Freeze in Sanger is bringing down its prices for ice-cream sundaes for a good cause this weekend.They are hosting a fundraiser for a 12-year-old Sanger girl, Mallory Gallegos, who is in need of a life-saving kidney transplant.Starting Friday and until Sunday, they will be selling Sundaes for $2.50. Every $1 will be donated to ...
SANGER, Ca — Foster’s Freeze in Sanger is bringing down its prices for ice-cream sundaes for a good cause this weekend.
They are hosting a fundraiser for a 12-year-old Sanger girl, Mallory Gallegos, who is in need of a life-saving kidney transplant.
Starting Friday and until Sunday, they will be selling Sundaes for $2.50. Every $1 will be donated to Mallory’s kidney transplant fund.
The owners of the shop are the Gallegos family's neighbors and felt the need to help raise money for the family.
Mallory Gallegos has been in and out of Valley Children’s Hospital and undergoing daily dialysis for more than two years now.
She was diagnosed with end-stage kidney failure in November of 2020 that was caused by a rare disease called Anca Vasculitis.
“She was basically fighting for her life. She needs a kidney transplant now to save her life,” said Valerie Gallegos, mother of Mallory.
The disease is attacking her blood vessels and has already destroyed her kidneys.
Valerie says her life has not been the same ever since they got the diagnosis. “Her quality of life has changed and she misses everything about her old life,” Valerie said.
Mallory is a 6th grader and is now doing home/hospital school. Her mom says she was an active child and that Mallory loved to do cheer, she was in theatrical plays and excelled in her schoolwork.
“It’s tearing me up that I can't help save her life. I’m a mother and I would give anything for my children,” she said.
Mallory’s mother says she was born with only one kidney and is unable to donate to her baby.
On Monday, they received the miracle they have been waiting for. Mallory had finally made it on the Stanford transplant list.
Now, they’re just waiting to hear that a matching donor has been found.
Valeria says she hopes the following message speaks to somebody’s heart:
“There’s people and children out there that desperately need a second chance at life and its something so special to the families of recipients so we need somebody to come forward and possibly be a kidney match for my daughter.”
“People who are interested in getting test for Mallory can contact Gerri James at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital,” Valerie said.
She says you can let Gerri know you are getting test for Mallory Gallegos and Gerri will be giving you more information.
Gerri James, RN, BSN, CCTC
Contact Information: 650-498-4905