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  • Illumina Discovery Symposium at ASHG, Part Two

    Nov 14, 2012

    photo courtesy of Otzi's facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/OetziTheIcemanAfter a great lunch, Carlos Bustamante from Stanford gave a phenomenal presentation (as usual) though his typically loud presentation voice seemed a bit moderated. Maybe it is the new beard he was sporting, which may help absorb some of the ...

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  • Illumina Discovery Symposium at ASHG 2012, Part One

    Nov 14, 2012

    ASHG2012 No.RegistrantsIt’s been a few years since I had attended the American Society of Human Genetics meeting, but I could not resist this year as it was in San Francisco, so close to home. I was very impressed with how well-organized ...

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  • A Sequencing Jamboree: Exomes and Genomes

    Nov 13, 2012

    Over the years, I’ve looked forward to ASHG as a chance meet up with old colleagues and make new friends, events largely facilitated by post-session parties and get-togethers. This time, I attended a different kind of celebration: the session titled ...

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  • Soaking up a little bioinformatics knowledge

    Nov 09, 2012

    At ASHG, we featured a cozy, hip little space called the Illumina Lounge. Located off the noisy exhibition floor, our enclave was decked out with white leather couches, a spread of drinks and snacks, a photo booth, and most importantly, ...

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  • "There is a great disturbance in the Force"...

    Nov 08, 2012

    NewHomePageUntil recently, only our benchtop MiSeq systems have been able to upload to BaseSpace, but I'm thrilled to announce we've now begun enabling customers' HiSeq instruments to stream their hundreds of gigabytes generated per run up to BaseSpace. 

    Why is this huge news? Two of the ...

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  • Making Software Easier To Swallow

    Nov 07, 2012

    I think conferences like ASHG are intellectual smorgasbords. Full of new product introductions, experimental approaches, and algorithms, they represent a feast of potential novel directions for our research. Often in the Q&A section of a talk, people ask, "Have you tried ...

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  • Meet the Illumina bloggers at ASHG2012

    Nov 07, 2012

    Abizar Lakdawalla, Ph.D., Associate Director, Product MarketingAbizar Lakdawalla, Associate Director, Novel DNA Sequencing Technologies

    I have been at Illumina for four years (which feels more like 40 years!), where I balance my time spent sailing in the San Francisco Bay with working with the development teams at ...

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  • The Nature of Competition

    Nov 05, 2012

    wordle finalFinally, after a long process of consideration, nonstop social media coverage, and many late nights, the voting is underway. The results will be announced this week to an international audience waiting on the edge of their seats. But who will ...

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  • Diving into Clinical Genomics

    Nov 02, 2012

    Illumina's Workshop at AMPFollowing the Understand Your Genome event with the Association for Molecular Pathology (AMP) meeting the very next day made last week quite the whirlwind. But what better way to dive into all aspects of clinical genomics? Wednesday  was a day ...

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  • Understand Your Genome

    Nov 01, 2012

    This year, Illumina accomplished something that had never been done before:  we hoUnderstand Your Genome Appsted a meeting called Understand Your Genome where we provided whole-genome sequencing and interpretation for attendees. In order to have their genomes sequenced, attendees were required to ...

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  • NGS on the Forensics Horizon

    Oct 30, 2012

    The University of North Texas Health Science Center (UNTHSC) and its Institute of Applied Genetics are located on what must be the only hill in Fort Worth. From the windows outside his lab, the Institute’s Executive Director, Bruce Budowle, Ph.D. ...

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  • Gaining Forensic Insight with NGS

    Oct 25, 2012

    tiger sharkThe ISHI exhibition was really bustling with activity as exhibitors were displaying new products and methods for forensic scientists from around the world. While much of the work is still being done using CE sequencing looking at short tandem repeats ...

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  • Babies, babies, and more babies

    Oct 24, 2012

    Contrary to the news reports that couples are putting off having children, there seems to be a baby boomlet occurring in San Diego. So many people I know are about to become parents, from friends, to neighbors and coworkers. It ...

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  • Advancing Forensic DNA with Next-Gen Sequencing

    Oct 22, 2012

    multiplexing next-gen sequencingEating way too much delicious food, charming the exhibitors out of their best swag, making obligatory body fluid jokes, and of course listening to presentations from around the world, the 2012 International Symposium on Human Identification (ISHI) started just like ...

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  • Meet our blogger for UYG/AMP2012: Carri-Lyn Mead, Ph.D., Scientist, Clinical Services Laboratory

    Oct 22, 2012

    carri lynFor me, it's all about the journey rather than the destination.  The challenges and learning along the way make achieving that final reward that much more exciting.  My current role at Illumina is Scientist in the Illumina Clinical Services Laboratory, ...

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  • When Food Becomes Dangerous

    Oct 16, 2012

    We’ve all heard that we need to eat more fruits and vegetables. And really, what could be healthier? The problem is when human pathogens, like Listeria and Salmonella, contaminate the fields or packing facilities where they are processed. Vigilance on ...

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  • International Symposium on Human Identification 2012 Meeting- Meet our Forensics Bloggers

    Oct 12, 2012

    Dr. Steven Lee, Professor of Justice Studies & Director of Forensic Science, San Jose State

    dr steven lee works with MiSeqI hold a B.S. from SUNY Binghamton in Biology, an M.S. from NYU and Ph.D. from University of California, Berkeley in Molecular Biology. I'm also ...

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  • Killing them Softly, Almost

    Oct 11, 2012

    Escherichia coli.  Bacteria that are an essential part of the digestive track flora of healthy humans and most animals. Just watch out when it shows up outside that realm, where it can cause severe illness and sometimes death. The ...

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  • Tumor Heterogeneity and the Hunt for a Cure

    Oct 09, 2012

    dr Marco GerlingerHaving several people in my extended family stricken with one form of cancer or another, I was more than a little interested in speaking with Dr. Marco Gerlinger at the Cancer Research UK London Research Institute about his renal cancer ...

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  • Don’t Panic, the Best Bioinformatics Solution is Included

    Oct 01, 2012

    The MiSeq Grant Program is the first award of its kind to include not only the instrument and kits to generate sequencing data, but also the informatics infrastructure to analyze and manage your data.

    data analysis ss 01 thumbOne of the biggest challenges with ...

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