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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Attend Our Worldwide User Meetings & SMRT Informatics Developers Conference

If you’d like to hear about the latest applications of SMRT® Sequencing from users, we have several events coming up. Our worldwide user group meetings and workshops feature PacBio users sharing their latest research, tips, and protocols, as well as our staff providing training and updates on products and methods to optimize your research. We’re always humbled by the quality and variety of science presented at these meetings. And for the bioinformatics crowd, we have a new event in August focused on developing new analytical tools for PacBio® data. Here’s more detail on each event, including registration details: Americas East…

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Innovation Centre in Quebec Uses SMRT Sequencing for
Cost-Effective, Complete Microbial Genomes

At the McGill University and Génome Québec Innovation Centre, many projects conducted in the sequencing core facility fall under the umbrella of life sciences rather than biomedical research. To the scientists responsible for making the core facility operate as smoothly as possible, that makes a world of difference. “When you’re in the life sciences in addition to human biomedical [research], you’re out there in the world of things that haven’t been sequenced before, or haven’t been sequenced particularly well,” says Ken Dewar, a principal investigator at the Innovation Centre. To navigate this type of uncharted territory, scientists at the center…

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Friday, March 21, 2014

ABRF Preview: Off to the Land of Core Labs and Hot Air Balloons

Members of the PacBio team will be heading down to Albuquerque this weekend for the annual conference of the Association of Biomolecular Resource Facilities (ABRF). It’s a big year for the association, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary, and we’re looking forward to participating. ABRF is a meeting where we connect with the most innovative leaders of the core facility community. As PacBio blog readers know, core labs are very important in the SMRT® Sequencing landscape. Last year we launched our directory of service providers that offer sequencing with the PacBio® platform, and many scientists have told us how useful…

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Thursday, January 23, 2014

PacBio Service Provider DNA Link Sees Soaring Global Demand for SMRT Sequencing

Since its founding in 2000, the service provider team at Korea-based DNA Link has sought to differentiate itself from other facilities by being an early adopter of new technologies. The company started during the height of the Human Genome Project and initially offered genotyping assays such as SNaPshot® and TaqMan®. DNA Link later adopted microarrays, and when the next-generation sequencing (NGS) wave hit, the scientists quickly embraced the technology.DNA Link scientists purchased their PacBio® system virtually as soon as it was commercially available. Today, customer demand for Single Molecule, Real-Time (SMRT®) Sequencing is soaring — making DNA Link’s expertise in…

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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

At Institute for Genome Sciences, Long Reads Offer New Path to Finished Genomes

The Genomics Resource Center (GRC) at the Institute for Genome Sciences (IGS) has a scientific pedigree and a sample-to-interpretation service commitment that place it in a league of its own. The team operates under a simple mantra: ‘If it can be sequenced, we can do it.’ Both GRC and IGS were founded in 2007 when a high-powered team of investigators formerly at The Institute for Genomic Research (TIGR), led by Claire Fraser, joined the University of Maryland School of Medicine. “The group of faculty and senior staff that came here to start the institute was heavily focused on infectious disease…

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Monday, July 29, 2013

As Cores Upgrade to PacBio RS II, Users Report Data and Progress

As PacBio customers are upgrading to the new PacBio® RS II System, some of our core lab users have already begun blogging about the improved results. At the University of Maryland’s Institute for Genome Sciences (IGS), for example, one blogger posted data comparing read length, read count, and throughput for the PacBio RS and PacBio RS II. The post reports a comparison of an 8 Kb Mycobacterium project run on the PacBio RS and again on the PacBio RS II, finding that with the upgrade, “we see an almost 3x increase in total yield [per SMRT Cell], while read lengths…

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Want to Try Out the PacBio RS? Our Sequencing Providers Can Help

It has been really gratifying to see that interest in Single Molecule, Real-Time (SMRT®) Sequencing has been steadily increasing — there seems to be lots of pent-up demand to run samples on the PacBio® sequencer and check out the long-read sequence data and methylation information! To help improve access to sequencers that are already in the field, some of our customers at service vendors and core facilities have volunteered to be part of our Sequencing Provider Program. These customers have PacBio RS instruments and can be contacted by anyone interested in generating SMRT Sequencing data for their own samples. Our…

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