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  • Pioneering a Revolution in Preimplantation Genetics

    Oct 23, 2015

    The dream of any scientist is to have an impact on their field; to develop a technology or make a discovery that moves research forward. Dr. Leeanda Wilton has far exceeded even her own goals when she entered the field ...

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  • The Fight Against Super Bugs

    Sep 10, 2015

    We’ve all experienced nasty infections: stomach bugs, oozing cuts, sinus infections. We usually don’t think twice about popping quick doses of antibiotics to reverse an illness’ effects rapidly. But after years of overuse and misuse of the powerful drugs, bacteria ...

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  • Better Cotton Breeding to Clothe a Growing Population

    Sep 02, 2015

    Cotton makes up the denim in our jeans, the shirts on our backs, and the fibers in our shoelaces. It’s a common part of everyday life and is grown in more than 75 countries. Although we often consider the human ...

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  • Responder vs Non-Responder? It Could Be Genetic.

    Aug 10, 2015

    The success rate of late-stage clinical trials is less than 50%, even for today’s targeted therapies. Researchers are beginning to understand that genetics might play a role in why even the most promising drugs fail to deliver their hoped for ...

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  • New Technologies for Successful Pregnancies

    Jul 28, 2015

    A primary challenge of in vitro fertilization (IVF)—the practice of jumpstarting a pregnancy by manually combining egg and sperm in a laboratory and then implanting the resulting embryo into a uterus—is selecting the best embryo for use. When screening these ...

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  • Inside Out: Our Genes, the Environment and Neurodegenerative Disease

    Jul 08, 2015

    At some point in your life, either you or someone you know will be affected by neurodegenerative disease. This untimely breakdown of neurons, which becomes more likely and pronounced as you age, affects millions of people worldwide. Such diseases manifest ...

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  • The Epigenetics of Addiction

    Mar 11, 2015

    The National Institutes of Drug Abuse (NIDA) estimates that addiction to tobacco, alcohol, and drugs costs more than $600 billion dollars each year. That includes the associated crime and incarcerations, increased health care costs, and lost work productivity that all ...

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  • Smoothing a Rough Road to Parenthood

    Mar 04, 2015

    Early in her medical career, Dr. Angeline Beltsos made a decision. She realized that while delivering babies was amazing, helping couples conceive was something special and she decided to become a reproductive endocrinologist. She and physicians like her, offer the ...

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  • Cataloging the Microbes of the Mississippi River

    Feb 11, 2015

    mississippi_riverThe Mississippi River flows 2350 miles from its source at Lake Itasca in the northwest corner of Minnesota through the center of the continental United States to the Gulf of Mexico. While most of the wildlife in the river and ...

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  • iCommunity Gets Special

    Feb 04, 2015

    The iCommunity newsletter has grown to more than 40,000 subscribers in the last five years, with articles offering customer viewpoints about how Illumina technologies have benefited their research. Each issue has delivered articles highlighting the advantages of our BeadChip microarrays ...

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  • A Complex Triangle: Plants, Pollinators, and Microbes

    Jan 23, 2015

    Dr. Alexander Keller, leader of the Molecular Diversity Group at Würzburg University, likens the potential ramifications of a sickened honeybee population to those of a malfunctioning public transportation system in a large city. If the buses or subways fail to ...

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  • Cracking the Genetic Code, One RNA Strand at a Time

    Nov 03, 2014

    NextSeq single cell RNA librariesDr. Norma Neff, Ph.D., is like a modern-day Sherlock Holmes: she sifts through genetic sequences the way a detective would comb through clues in a mystery. After slogging through the thousands of yeast genes that make them the microscopic, budding ...

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  • Looking Behind the Curtain at What Controls How You Think and Move

    Sep 08, 2014

    Deciphering what genes control how we think and move could be overwhelming with so many influences involved. There is no wizard behind a curtain orchestrating all the connections, like there was in the Wizard of Oz. Instead there is ...

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  • Cattlemen and Surprises Don’t Mix

    Aug 12, 2014

    Cowhands driving cattle in the American frontier of the late 19th century had an unwritten code. Never steal another man’s horse, remove your guns before sitting at the dining table, and when approaching someone from behind, give a loud ...

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  • Bringing a Better Steak to Texas

    Jul 28, 2014

    Selective cattle breeding aided by Illumina Bovine SNP50Cattle ranching in Texas is tough. It’s hot and dry in the summer, requiring animals that can withstand the climate. For over a century, Texas cattlemen have relied on Brahman cattle, a heat- and drought-tolerant breed that certainly looks tough. ...

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  • RNA Sequencing Fuels Circadian Rhythm Research

    Jun 24, 2014

    We all have an internal clock that keeps time for our brain and the other tissues in our bodies. Our circadian clocks also influence output processes such as blood pressure and sleep/wake cycles. That’s why most of us will wake ...

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  • What do sheep, goats, and cowpeas have in common?

    Apr 15, 2014

    The Illumina 2014 Greater Good Award winners are conducting research that is benefiting people living in the Middle East, West Africa, and elsewhere around the globe. Max Rothschild, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Animal Science at Iowa State University is studying ...

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  • Sequencing Tells a New Story about Native American Origins

    Apr 01, 2014

    It’s not the first time that new tools, such as next-generation sequencing (NGS), have been used to reanalyze old bones. In fact, a team of researchers at the Centre of Excellence in GeoGenetics in the Natural History Museum of Denmark ...

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  • Investigating the Jurassic Park of the Bacterial World

    Mar 25, 2014

    There’s a lot of degraded DNA in the environment. It’s estimated that more than 1,000 tons of sedimentary DNA is released by rivers every year. The detritus is from plants and animals that have reached the end of life by ...

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  • Herd Evaluation is More Than Just Skin Deep

    Feb 03, 2014

    more than skin deepWho can resist those big brown eyes and long dark lashes? Yes, they contribute to a photogenic countenance, but they don’t say much about the animal’s health and productivity, or its meat or milk quality. To make more informed breeding ...

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