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  • At the Illumina Asia-Pacific Scientific Summit

    Apr 30, 2013
    APAC

    A stellar lineup of international and local speakers presented across a range of topics from cancer, inherited disease to forensics and a thought-provoking set of microbial speakers. Even though I may decide to hang on during my next plane ride ...

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  • HUGO Part 2 – What is it all for?

    Apr 23, 2013
    Health or disease?

    Genomics is an indecisive teenager that is scared to move out of the research lab and get a real job. His parents that have been funding him for a long time, and now they want him to start paying his ...

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  • HUGO 2013, Part 1: What does it all mean?

    Apr 18, 2013
    HGP Image

    After several days of fascinating and varied talks by a multitude of talented researchers at the Human Genome Meeting/International Congress of Genetics, my head is swimming – and I doubt that I’m the only one. Midway through the conference, ...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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