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MiSeq Grants Enable Diverse Research

Linda Seaton
| May 03, 2013

describe the imageIn late 2012, chances are that seismic instruments detected small tremors in Melbourne, Australia; East Boothbay, Maine; and San Antonio, Texas from all the jumping up and down as research teams learned they had just won a MiSeq system. The inaugural MiSeq Grant program was developed to enable any researcher‒from novices to current Illumina customers anywhere in the world‒to gain access to next-generation sequencing (NGS) to further their research, and advance innovation in applications that can only be enabled by NGS capabilities.

As the first winners of a MiSeq Grant, Dr. Stephen Doyle’s team (La Trobe University) is using the system to study the nematode responsible for African River Blindness, while Dr. Ramunas Stepanauskas (Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences) is studying microbes thriving in the ocean’s depths, and Dr. Karin Haack and her team are identifying variants that affect cardiovascular disease risk in minority populations. They’ve all received their MiSeq systems and are embarking on their research studies.

We’ll be talking with the 2012 winners again in July to learn how the MiSeq has enabled them to advance their research. That’s about the same time as the call for grant proposals will go out to researchers for the second annual MiSeq Grant program. With over 850 entries from over 40 contries for the first MiSeq Grant program, we expect even more amazing proposals. Stay tuned!

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