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  • Your Easiest Grant Submission Could Win You a MiSeq

    Sep 14, 2012

    Win miseqThe deadline for submitting R01 NIH grants is quickly approaching. Submissions are due by October 5th and hopefully most academic researchers are coasting in, and not in a frenzied state of caffeine and anxiety-induced productivity! Successful grant writing is ...

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  • New BaseSpace Posts Out This Week

    Sep 14, 2012

    This August, customers will see a whole lot of activity around BaseSpace, Illumina's genomics cloud computing environment. If you haven't already, check out the BaseSpace blog for the latest news. In the first of pair of posts this week, Alex ...

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  • Deciphering Next-Generation Sequencing for Microbiologists- Part One

    Sep 06, 2012

    In micro resized 600this day and age, it’s safe to assume that just about every research biologist has read a paper or two using next-generation sequencing (NGS) technology. NGS has revolutionized our understanding of genetic information through highly automated and accurate improvements ...

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  • iCommunity and Me

    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, ...

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  • ESHG Retrospective

    Jul 17, 2012

    europe by rail resized 600A few weeks on from ESHG, I find myself once again in Germany travelling by train. It is a great way to reflect on ESHG and what really stood out. I was truly amazed by the changes brought about by ...

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  • The Last Day

    Jun 27, 2012

    Packing upIt was difficult to choose between concurrent sessions on the last day of ESHG, so I tried to attend two different ones. I started with the session “Intellectual Disability: From Gene to Function”. Here, as noted in our earlier post...

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  • Exomes, anyone?

    Jun 26, 2012

    inheritance resized 600One of the observations from this year’s ESHG is the sheer number of exomes that are being sequenced. This topic was discussed extensively in “Next Generation Sequencing Going Clinical”, a very well-attended session. A long anticipated entrance to this important ...

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  • The Power of Sequencing + Arrays

    Jun 25, 2012

    seq arrays resized 600Sunday started for me with the session on statistic analysis of sequence data in complex disease. It's not an easy topic to digest first thing in the morning but the three speakers, Ben Neale, Andrew Morris, and Yukihide Momozawa did ...

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  • The Real Buzz

    Jun 24, 2012

    ILMN workshopThat cancer research and genetics is a hot topic does not come as a surprise to most. ESHG is no exception and several sessions today focused on cancer and cancer genetics. In the session around Basic Research in Cancer Genetics, ...

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  • Local Heroes

    Jun 24, 2012

    germanyThe first session of ESHG 2012 in Nuremberg was referred to as the Local Heroes session, a great lineup of three speakers from the host country. The first speaker was Prof. Dr. Stefan Mundlos from the Charite in Berlin. Professor ...

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  • Looking forward to ESHG 2012

    Jun 22, 2012

    ESHG cover resized 600Illumina’s mission statement is to be the leading provider of integrated solutions that advance the understanding of genetics and health. Looking through the abstracts for this year's ESHG, I am struck by the fact that this meeting is really the ...

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  • Education and the NGS future- ASM wrap-up

    Jun 22, 2012

    see you next yearAs the ASM meeting wrapped up on Tuesday, I think the majority of us were so invigorated that we couldn’t wait to get back home. At the same time, I think many of us wanted to start over from Sunday ...

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  • Meet the Bloggers

    Jun 20, 2012

    Lukas Smink

    Lukas Smink IlluminaMy current role at Illumina is as EMEA Marketing Manager focusing specifically on Sequencing and BioInformatics. I have been at Illumina for the last four years, starting in Technical Support as a Bioinformatics Support Scientist in our UK ...

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  • Pangenomes, outbreaks, and more- ASM Day 2

    Jun 19, 2012

    MiSeq ASM 061712One of the challenges of ASM is figuring out which sessions you can physically attend in the limited time. Don't get me started on finding time for the posters and following all the Twitter conversations, which actually caused #asm2012 to ...

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  • Experiencing the culture and the climate at ASM- Day 1

    Jun 17, 2012

    ASM sizedIt's been a few years since I've attended, but the ASM General Meeting never fails to impress me with its size, organization, and the sheer number of interesting simultaneous sessions. This year I'm here to focus on how next-generation sequencing ...

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  • About Me

    Jun 16, 2012

    Amy pic sizedI am a scientific writer at Illumina, with over five years of experience writing for the genomics industry and ten years of microbiology laboratory experience in a number of research settings, from government to academic. In the past three years ...

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  • Hello, American Society for Microbiology!

    Jun 11, 2012

    ASM2012Welcome to our coverage of the 112th American Society of Microbiology meeting! I know I speak for all of my Illumina colleagues when I say that we are really excited to attend this meeting for the first time. We even ...

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  • Bringing Fast and Accurate Sequencing to the Clinic

    Feb 20, 2012

    Genome on a stick1Speed and accuracy are paramount when it comes to taking sequencing to the clinic. Here's a quick summary of my talk at AGBT, where I discussed research efforts to develop a fast, integrated sequencing and analysis workflow—from sample to answer....

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  • Friday at AGBT Re-Cap

    Feb 17, 2012

    Wow! What an amazing day! Incredible science being generated from the ENCODE project to the much-anticipated announcement from Oxford Nanopore Technologies. Let me get right on it with brief recaps of the talks (in chronological order)…

    Rick Myers at the HudsonAlpha ...

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  • Thursday Afternoon at AGBT

    Feb 17, 2012

    Goncalo Abecasis from the University of Michigan School of Public Health talked about early returns on sequencing studies of complex traits. Using LDL genetics as an example, they examined Mendelian variants in several genes. GWAS revealed 95 loci, 15 of ...

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