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  • Illumina at Plant and Animal Genome Asia 2013

    Mar 18, 2013

    We are excited to be at the very first Plant and Animal Genome Asia meeting in Singapore. Our Illumina team has been attending the talks, meeting with customers, and interacting with the agrigenomics community through Twitter (#PAGASIA13) and in a ...

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  • Spreading Hope for Rare Disease

    Mar 13, 2013

    global genesFebruary 28, 2013 was the sixth international Rare Disease Day—an annual day of awareness for patients and families affected by rare diseases. There are approximately 7,000 different types of rare diseases and disorders, with 300 million people affected worldwide. ...

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  • A Closer Look at the Cancer Genome

    Mar 04, 2013

    cancer cellsNext-generation sequencing technology has made leaps and bounds in recent years, improving read length, speed, and accuracy. Despite these advances, de novo assembly still faces challenges, especially for human and cancer genomes. Resolving complexities like repetitive regions and gene duplications ...

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  • Technology and Applications at AGBT 2013

    Feb 28, 2013

    Gears 3131230

    What about new technology at AGBT? Quite uncharacteristically, there were fewer grand announcements this year. Some of the technologies presented in previous years came back in different incarnations. For applications, Jay Shendure’s update on Molecular Inversion probes seem to nicely ...

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  • Trends from AGBT 2013: RNA Standouts

    Feb 27, 2013

    Salvador Dali memoryOne of the more exciting demonstrations of an RNA sequencing application at AGBT was by  Patrik Stahl from Joakim Lundeberg’s lab at the Karolinska Institute. His talk, entitled “Spatially Resolved Analysis of Differential Expression within Single Tissue ...

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  • Trends from AGBT 2013: Microbiomes under the Microscope

    Feb 25, 2013
    microbiome

    In addition to the increasing focus on the human genome and human diseases at the AGBT 2013 meeting, there were a few very interesting microbiome presentations. Kjersti Aagaard, Baylor College of Medicine, gave a great presentation suggesting that the ...

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  • AGBT 2013, Day 2: WGS Trends

    Feb 23, 2013

    whole genomeMany of the talks today focused on the positive impact and challenges of NGS in the clinic. Jon Siedman (Harvard Medical) showed that NGS based sequencing of 150 exons in 10 genes plus the massive titin gene provides accurate, pre-clinical ...

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  • Dispatch from the Illumina User Meeting

    Feb 22, 2013

    describe the imageJason Betley from Illumina R&D, started off with an introduction and reviewed some recent products. The HiSeq 2500 can sequence a human genome in less than 24 hr due to a simpler sample prep (PCR- and gel-free) and the new ...

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  • Rise of the Apps

    Feb 21, 2013

    describe the imageWe’re excited to be at AGBT again this year. If you are lucky enough to be here, we hope you’re excited to hear about advances in overcoming one the biggest bottlenecks in bioinformatics, data management and storage. On Wednesday, we ...

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  • AGBT 2013, Marco Island, Day 1

    Feb 21, 2013
    aplysia

    With cops in full uniform guarding the entrances to the Islands Ballroom, and nearly 500 people in the large conference room, Eric Green kicked off the meeting at 4 pm stating that this was the largest meeting in the 14 ...

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  • Welcome to AGBT 2013

    Feb 20, 2013

     

    sunrise over ocean

    It is always exciting to attend the AGBT meeting in Marco Island, Florida. Due to the restriction placed on the total number of attendees, the few who can make it to the meetings feel highly privileged.

    The AGBT meeting ...

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  • Hello, Moleculo

    Feb 11, 2013
    dna strands perspective

    Earlier this year, Illumina announced the acquisition of an unusually small and somewhat obscure technology startup with a 1960’s-futuristic kind of name. Google searches not only produced a few chuckles at talk show host Conan O’Brien’s 2001 skit, but ...

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  • Making Every Species Count

    Feb 11, 2013

    Imagine living in a bioliterate world—one in which you could learn everything about any organism immediately. Paul Hebert, Scientific Director of the International Barcode of Life (iBOL) project, envisions a day when you and your children notice an unusual plant ...

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  • A Royal Seal of Approval from a really Cool Duke!

    Jan 24, 2013

    His Royal Highness Prince Edward, Duke of Kent, KG sequences a cancer genome at Chesterford! 

    His Royal Highness Prince Edward, Duke of Kent, KG and David Bentley at Illumina

    On January 22, 2013, the Duke braved deep snow and arctic temperatures to meet the entire team of Illumina Cambridge at Little Chesterford, UK. The ...

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  • One Step Closer to Eliminating World Hunger

    Jan 17, 2013

    AGGI logoA child dies from hunger every six seconds. In the words of Illumina's Mike Thompson, Associate Director of Global Sales: Do we really need any motivation aside from this shocking statistic to be inspired to change the world?

    The ...

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  • Massive Project Moving Forward on Wheat Diversity

    Jan 16, 2013

    During yesterday’s Illumina technology workshop, the talk by Eduard Akhunov of Kansas State on genomic patterns of SNP variation in worldwide wheat populations did not disappoint. Despite being a very biology-heavy talk, Eduard did a great job of taking us ...

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  • All Eyes on Wheat Research at PAGXXI

    Jan 15, 2013
    wheatWe are having a fabulous time here at PAGXXI! It always impresses me how savvy are the scientists in attendance. Every time I come to PAG, I have this experience in a conversation at least half a dozen times:   ...
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  • iPlant: A Cyberinfrastructure for Plant Biology

    Jan 13, 2013
    iPlant Collaborative

    It’s getting harder to be a plant—there’s wind, rain, drought, pathogens, and now more manmade changes to the environment than ever before. Responses to changing environmental conditions are quickly becoming central to studies of plant adaptation, agriculture, ecological studies, and ...

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  • Illumina at Plant and Animal Genome XXI

    Jan 12, 2013

    We always look forward to PAG- not just because it’s in our backyard, but because it is an amazingly diverse meeting where small and large labs from around the world bring the latest in plant and animal genome science into ...

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  • HiSeq 2500 Datasets now Available in BaseSpace

    Nov 26, 2012

    BS postIn a pair of posts on the BaseSpace blog this past week, our bioinformatics team has announced the availability of a 2 x 150 bp HiSeq 2500 dataset, and compares data quality and run time of this data with a ...

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