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  • Identifying Disease-Associated Genes within a Diverse Population

    Jan 23, 2014

    Humans are a rather cosmopolitan species. The travels of our ancestors as they moved from city to city, country to country, and from one continent to another have enhanced the genetic diversity of our genomes.

    Nowhere is this diversity more ...

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  • Single-Cell Genomics and Marine Microbe Diversity

    Dec 02, 2013

    cyanobacteriaSnorkel through the warm tropical waters and you’re bound to see a wealth of sea creatures. Angelfish, blue damsels, trigger fish, Moorish idols, and if you’re lucky, a sea turtle or two. Yet, that’s just the diversity that you can ...

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  • A New Way to Analyze MiSeq Forensic Data

    Nov 22, 2013

    NGS is the future of forensic genomics While next-generation sequencing (NGS) has been used since 2005 to enhance biological research, it’s just beginning to be employed in the forensic genomics laboratory. Forward-looking forensics labs around the world recognize the value that NGS could bring to forensic analysis. ...

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  • Exome Sequencing Identifies a Puzzling Disorder

    Nov 15, 2013

    uniquenessChildren are cute, smart, funny, and energetic. Each is unique and that’s what makes them so special to us. Yet, when it comes to their health, a child who’s one of a kind isn’t necessarily a good thing.

    That’s what ...

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  • In Pursuit of Food Security

    Nov 05, 2013

    food securityFor several decades, agrigenomics studies have focused on improving the quality and quantity of exportable crops (corn, wheat, and rice), identifying markers for increased yield and disease resistance. Analysis of bovine, ovine, and porcine genomes has identified markers associated with ...

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  • Sequencing Ventures into the Unknown of Rare Disease

    Jun 20, 2013

    hope for rare diseasesAfter the birth of your child, you realize something is wrong with them. After numerous visits to physicians and specialists, and rounds of tests, you still don’t have an answer. All they can tell you is “Yes, there’s something wrong. ...

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  • Arrays No Longer the Only Game in Town for Agrigenomics

    Apr 29, 2013
    rice

    It used to be that microarrays, particularly Illumina Infinium BeadChips, were the technology to use in deciphering plant and animal genomes. Genotyping arrays forged the foundation of the genomics movement in agriculture, identifying single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) associated with desired ...

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  • ENCODE Uncovers Value in “Junk” DNA

    Apr 17, 2013

    EncodeUp until recently, scientists understood the biological function of just 1% of the genome, mainly the regions coding proteins. The non-coding regions were thought to be “junk”, evolutionary debris with no critical function.

    In 2011, we spoke with John Mattick, ...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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