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iCommunity and Me

Linda Seaton
| Aug 29, 2012

Linda Seaton, IlluminaI’m a Science Writer at Illumina and editor of the iCommunity newsletter. With a B.S. in Microbiology from the University of Washington (go Dawgs!), I’ve spent more than 20 years in marketing communications, working with biotechnology, diagnostic, medical device, and high tech companies as they’ve developed products that have transformed healthcare and how we live. When I joined Illumina in 2009, I jumped at the chance to become editor of its flagship newsletter. It’s rewarding and inspirational to talk with scientists from around the world about the ground-breaking research they’re conducting with Illumina products and systems. Their enthusiasm is infectious and I’m continually amazed at the breakthroughs they are making.

In just three years, iCommunity has grown from 13,000 to more than 30,000 subscribers. While most are researchers, many are just scientific enthusiasts who enjoy reading about the latest research in microbiology, immunology, agrigenomics, cancer, and other diseases. Periodically, there are also articles that have nothing to do with medicine or agrigenomics. Two of the most intriguing have involved the sequencing of ancient genomes to learn the migratory patterns of human populations from long ago. Drs. Eske Willerslev and Morten Rasmussen at the University of Copenhagen recounted how they serendipitously found the samples and using Illumina sequencers, learned more than they could have imagined about a Saqqaq individual that lived in what is now Greenland, and an Australian Aborigine.

Periodically, I’ll be blogging about recent interviews, intriguing science, and the unexpected ways our sequencers are being used to advance our knowledge of the world. Stay tuned!