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Wednesday, October 20, 2021

With Long Reads and Short Reads, the Possibilities are Endless – PacBio ASHG 2021 Fireside Chat

With the September 2021 closing of PacBio’s acquisition of Omniome, PacBio intends to become the first company to offer both long-read and short-read sequencing platforms. What does this mean for customers? How is PacBio leadership thinking about delivering a differentiated set of products and applications into high-growth clinical markets? In this intimate conversation with genomics leaders, Christian Henry, and Richard Shen, they share their vision for the future as a combined company.

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Thursday, September 23, 2021

Getting the Most Out of Your Breeding Program with DNA and RNA Sequencing

Understanding genome sequences and how they evolved is critical for harnessing that evolutionary process for agricultural improvement. Whether asking questions about the gain/loss of genes, the role of structural variation on phenotypic diversity, or identifying favorable alleles in exotic and wild species, DNA and RNA sequencing have proven to be extremely valuable tools for breeding programs all over the world. This panel-style webinar brings together three plant biologists to talk about their journeys into sequencing plant genomes and how these efforts have helped push plant breeding forward.

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Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Long-Read Genome Sequencing for the Molecular Understanding of Neurodevelopmental Disorders   

In this ESHG 2021 Workshop, PacBio Chief Scientific Officer Jonas Korlach, Ph.D., describes why HiFi sequencing improves the ability to detect pathogenic variants that previously went undetected with other technologies. He then turns the microphone over to Susan Hiatt, Ph.D. from HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology. Dr. Hiatt discusses how she and her team used HiFi sequencing in their rare disease research to discover genomic variation missed by whole-exome or genome sequencing studies using short reads, allowing her team to uncover medical mysteries that had previously gone unexplained. 

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Monday, September 6, 2021

Revealing Mechanisms of Bacterial Virulence and Adaptation with PacBio SMRT Sequencing

In this talk, speakers will describe the importance of high accuracy and long read length for generating closed bacterial assemblies. Speakers will also share examples of how hard-to-assemble domains and plasmids impact important biological traits including, pathogen virulence and anti-microbial resistance. Finally, they will provide an overview of the advantages of highly accurate long-read sequencing for outbreak tracking.

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Monday, August 23, 2021

Identifying Key Players in Host-Microbiome Interactions with High Resolution 16S Sequencing

In this talk, speakers provide an understanding of how highly accurate long-read sequencing of extended 16S amplicons enables the identification of metagenome community members at higher taxonomic resolution than short-read methods. You’ll also hear examples of how metagenome functions that impact human health can be driven by specific species or strains within a community and learn how the gut microbiome can impact drug efficacy.

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Thursday, August 19, 2021

Technical Note: Preparing DNA for PacBio HiFi sequencing – Extraction and quality control

Single Molecule, Real-Time (SMRT) Sequencing uses the natural process of DNA replication to sequence long fragments of native DNA in order to produce highly accurate long reads, or HiFi reads. As such, starting with high-quality, high molecular weight (HMW) genomic DNA (gDNA) will result in longer libraries and better performance during sequencing. This technical note is intended to give recommendations, tips and tricks for the extraction of DNA, as well as assessing and preserving the quality and size of your DNA sample to be used for HiFi sequencing.

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Thursday, August 19, 2021

Application Note: Considerations for using the low and ultra-low DNA input workflows for whole genome sequencing

As the foundation for scientific discoveries in genetic diversity, sequencing data must be accurate and complete. With highly accurate long-read sequencing, or HiFi sequencing, there is no longer a compromise between read length and accuracy. HiFi sequencing enables some of the highest quality de novo genome assemblies available today as well as comprehensive variant detection in human samples. PacBio HiFi libraries constructed using our standard library workflows require at least 3 µg of DNA input per 1 Gb of genome length, or ~10 µg for a human sample. For some samples it is not possible to extract this amount of…

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