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  • RNA-Seq Apps Now Available on BaseSpace

    Apr 23, 2014

    We are very excited to announce that the expert-preferred suite of RNA-Seq data analysis software is now available on BaseSpace for any researcher, irrespective of bioinformatics experience. The BaseSpace Core Apps for RNA are based on the ...

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  • Highlights from the Illumina AACR Discovery Symposium

    Apr 17, 2014

    With the 2014 American Association for Cancer Research annual meeting right here in San Diego, we were very excited to host a Discovery Symposium focusing on advances being made in understanding and monitoring cancer made possible through next-generation sequencing technologies. ...

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  • What do sheep, goats, and cowpeas have in common?

    Apr 15, 2014

    The Illumina 2014 Greater Good Award winners are conducting research that is benefiting people living in the Middle East, West Africa, and elsewhere around the globe. Max Rothschild, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Animal Science at Iowa State University is studying ...

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  • Sequencing Tells a New Story about Native American Origins

    Apr 01, 2014

    It’s not the first time that new tools, such as next-generation sequencing (NGS), have been used to reanalyze old bones. In fact, a team of researchers at the Centre of Excellence in GeoGenetics in the Natural History Museum of Denmark ...

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  • Investigating the Jurassic Park of the Bacterial World

    Mar 25, 2014

    There’s a lot of degraded DNA in the environment. It’s estimated that more than 1,000 tons of sedimentary DNA is released by rivers every year. The detritus is from plants and animals that have reached the end of life by ...

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  • Karyomapping – A Comprehensive Preimplantation Test

    Mar 06, 2014

    Testing embryos to avoid genetic disease is not a new idea, but has roots in decades of previous work. Bob Edwards, who won the Nobel Prize for his work on in vitro fertilization (IVF), sexed rabbit embryos in the 1960s. ...

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  • AGBT Standouts

    Feb 27, 2014

    This year marked the 15th meeting of Advances in Genome Biology and Technology, and as every year, kindled the sparks of genomic innovation. Notable plenary sessions included a canny retrospective on sequencing’s pace from Jeff Schloss of NHGRI,  and ...

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  • The promise of the first human phasing product, delivered.

    Feb 26, 2014

    We are pleased to be offering whole human phasing analysis, originated by Moleculo, in the Illumina FastTrack Services Laboratory through the Illumina Genome Network (IGN). This service complements whole-genome sequencing by distinguishing between variants originating from separate chromosomes, ...

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  • Genomic Software Solutions get Spotlight at AGBT

    Feb 14, 2014

    At Tuesday’s opening plenary sessions, NHGRI’s Eric Green announced a meeting pattern change. A new type of session, software demonstrations, would offer an alternative format to static posters or in-suite presentations. This first of its kind session was held Thursday ...

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  • Opening Sessions AGBT- Socks for Christmas: Actually Quite Useful

    Feb 14, 2014

    After an introduction and welcome address by Eric Green, Aviv Regev from the Broad Institute took the podium and gave an interesting talk on unraveling intra- and inter-cellular gene interactions in dendritic cells by single cell RNA-Seq of stimulated cells. ...

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  • AGBT Day One and Illumina User Meeting

    Feb 14, 2014

    The 15th AGBT meeting started on Tuesday evening, but many attendees had problems reaching Marco Island due to weather disruptions. Thus, the main hall during the first plenary session looked less filled than it could have, in spite of ...

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  • Straight from the Horse's Mouth...

    Feb 12, 2014

    under constructionMaybe for the first time in Illumina’s history we will have the people directly involved in the research and development of our sequencing platforms presenting to customers at AGBT 2014.

    At the Illumina User meeting on Wednesday, Feb 12, Frank ...

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  • Marco Island Forecast

    Feb 10, 2014

    I was reading the agenda for AGBT 2014 in Marco Island to prepare myself for the meeting and it was interesting to see the rapid transition of NGS in to the clinical space. Did a wordle on the titles to ...

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  • 3 Reasons to Attend the NextSeq 500 Demo at Your Institute

    Feb 05, 2014

    NextSeq 500 is coming to youIt’s no secret that researchers are a skeptical bunch; that most rigorous quality is foundational for success in any scientific field. Technology decisions are fueled by data comparisons, depths of information, testimonials, and test drives. After attending one of the ...

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  • Herd Evaluation is More Than Just Skin Deep

    Feb 03, 2014

    more than skin deepWho can resist those big brown eyes and long dark lashes? Yes, they contribute to a photogenic countenance, but they don’t say much about the animal’s health and productivity, or its meat or milk quality. To make more informed breeding ...

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  • Identifying Disease-Associated Genes within a Diverse Population

    Jan 23, 2014

    Humans are a rather cosmopolitan species. The travels of our ancestors as they moved from city to city, country to country, and from one continent to another have enhanced the genetic diversity of our genomes.

    Nowhere is this diversity more ...

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  • NextSeq Opens the Door to True Systems Biology Experiments

    Jan 17, 2014

    The introduction of the NextSeq 500 next-generation DNA sequencer expands the overall utility of NGS by providing a unique combination of price, throughput and accuracy to address a whole slew of experiments that were difficult to do before, due to ...

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  • The Power and Promise of Population-Scale Genomics

    Jan 14, 2014


    Whole-genome sequencing is the most comprehensive approach to cataloging an individual’s genetic constitution, capturing all of the variants present, including important noncoding regions, in a single assay. As a result, cost-effective, highly accurate human whole-genome is poised to become a ...

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  • The New “5-Tool Player” on the Illumina Team

    Jan 14, 2014

    NextSeq 500: Versatility for RNA-Seq

    Baseball fans will recognize the value of the 5-tool player: an exceptional athlete who has power, can hit for average, has speed to steal bases, along with exceptional fielding and throwing skills. These players ...

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  • Cats and Dogs

    Jan 13, 2014

    International Plant & Animal Genome (PAG) XXII has officially started and I am already exhausted. There were two full days of exciting species-specific talks before the official opening, and my inner "Energizer bunny" stepped up to the plate! Inevitably I had ...

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