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Thursday, March 30, 2017

At AACR, Revealing Structural Variants and a New SMRT Grant Program

We’re excited to be heading to Washington, DC, for the annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research. The PacBio team always enjoys hearing about the latest in cancer translational research at AACR, along with thousands of leading scientists in the field. Many of those scientists have already learned that SMRT Sequencing provides a unique view into cancer, revealing structural variation, phasing distant variants, and delivering full-length isoform sequences. With uniform coverage, industry-leading consensus accuracy, and reads extending to tens of kilobases, PacBio long-read sequencing gives researchers the ability to monitor and make sense of even the most complex…

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Metal-Devouring Plant Genomes Get SMRT Treatment with Sequel System: 2016 SMRT Grant Program Winner Results

Blog readers may recall that last year’s SMRT Grant winner was Renying Zhuo from the Chinese Academy of Forestry. We’re pleased to report that the project is now complete! Zhuo proposed sequencing the genomes of two strains of the Sedum alfredii plant from the same ecosystem — one that accumulates cadmium ions from polluted soil and one that doesn’t. The goal was to use high-quality assemblies for comparative genomic analysis to determine the genetic mechanisms responsible for this remediation effect. Plant DNA was sequenced on the Sequel System by RTL Genomics, and genome assembly was performed by Computomics. (We’re also grateful…

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Vote for the World’s Most Interesting Genome! Snakes, Slugs, Pigeons, Beetles & Dingoes Compete for SMRT Sequencing Treatment

Our team of scientist reviewers has considered hundreds of submissions for the latest SMRT Grant award and narrowed the selection to five finalists. Now it’s your turn! We welcome the community to vote for their favorite project now through April 5th. The winner will receive SMRT Sequencing and genome assembly or Iso-Seq analysis sponsored by PacBio and our partners, the Arizona Genomics Institute and Computomics. Here’s a look at the entries from our five finalists:   Project: Temple Pitviper Principal investigators: Mrinalini Mrinalini, National University of Singapore; Ryan McCleary, Utah State University; Manjunatha Kini, National University of Singapore #SeqtheViper The highly venomous snake…

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Thursday, December 8, 2016

ASM SMRT Grant Winner: Squirrel Microbiome!

We’re pleased to announce the winner of this year’s SMRT Grant, which launched during the American Society for Microbiology annual meeting this summer. The grant program, co-sponsored by PacBio and the Institute for Genome Sciences (IGS), was very competitive, with over 100 submitted proposals. From this broad range of entries, our judges faced quite a task choosing just one recipient for the grant. Congratulations to Jessica Sieber from the University of Minnesota Duluth, who impressed reviewers with her proposal, “Metagenomic analysis of the gut microbiota of the 13-lined ground squirrel, a model fat storing hibernator.” Ground squirrels have been models…

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Monday, November 14, 2016

First Look: Firefly Genome Sequencing Results

You may remember the firefly genome sequencing project, which was a finalist in our recent SMRT Grant competition and ultimately was crowdfunded through the Experiment site and our Genome Galaxy Initiative. We’re thoroughly enjoying the lab updates on this project, and couldn’t resist sharing this latest one from Team Firefly. In a jubilant note, the scientists report to their funders: “Good News! PacBio long-read sequencing data received.” The update is written with lots of great explanation about the basics of sequencing, analysis, and more for science enthusiasts. Our favorite part is the visualization of read length: the team included the…

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

SMRTest Microbe Grant Program:
Nominate Your Favorite Microbe Now!

We’re pleased to launch the latest opportunity to have your favorite microbe sequenced on a PacBio System. The SMRTest Microbe Grant Program, kicking off at this year’s American Society for Microbiology annual meeting in Boston, will give one scientist a free genome sequence for his or her chosen microbe. For those folks unable to make it to the meeting this year, don’t worry — you do not need to attend ASM Microbe to enter the program. To enter, simply submit a short application describing your microbe or microbial community and how it would benefit from the long read lengths, high…

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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Eco-friendly Soil Remediation Gets a Boost with the Latest SMRT Grant Program Winner

Congratulations to the winner of the first-ever SMRT Grant program decided by the community: Renying Zhuo of the Chinese Academy of Forestry! We ran polling through our Genome Galaxy Initiative on the Experiment crowdfunding platform and were amazed to see much how it galvanized the genomics community. There were 30,000+ responses to the competition across the five finalists for our “Explore Your Most Interesting Genome” grant opportunity. Zhuo garnered the most support for his project to sequence two highly related strains of Sedum alfredii for a comparative genomics investigation to identify key genes important for remediating soil contaminated by heavy…

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Monday, April 11, 2016

From Earthworms to Alpacas: Vote Now to Choose the Next SMRT Grant Program Winner!

For the first time ever, the winner of this year’s “Explore Your Most Interesting Genome” SMRT Grant program will be decided by the community. We’ll be using our new Genome Galaxy Initiative and Experiment’s dedicated-to-science crowdfunding platform for this worldwide event. Here’s how it works: our top five finalists will be engaging with you directly through their project pages on the Genome Galaxy Initiative via Experiment where you will have the opportunity to learn more and ask scientists about their projects.  We will be conducting daily polls so you can cast your vote for the project you feel should be…

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Scientists Publish High-Quality, Near-Complete Genome of Resurrection Grass Oropetium

We’re excited about a new Nature paper from the winners of our 2014 “Most Interesting Genome in the World” SMRT Grant program. “Single-molecule sequencing of the desiccation tolerant grass Oropetium thomaeum” comes from lead authors Robert VanBuren and Doug Bryant along with senior author Todd Mockler at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, as well as a number of collaborators at other institutions. In it, the authors report a virtually complete genome of Oropetium thomaeum, a grass with an estimated genome size of 245 Mb and the handy ability to regrow even after extreme drought once water becomes available. The…

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