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Thursday, November 7, 2019

User Group Meeting: The trials and tribulations of high quality human genome assembly

In this PacBio User Group Meeting presentation, Tina Graves-Lindsay of the McDonnell Genome Institute and the Genome Reference Consortium speaks about the importance of phasing human reference genomes. Her team is now working on its fifteenth human genome assembly — part of a major effort to improve genomic representation of ethnic diversity — with a pipeline that generates 60-fold PacBio coverage for a de novo assembly, followed by scaffolding with other technologies. They are also using FALCON-Unzip to separate haplotypes, leading to reference-grade diploid assemblies. This approach has already helped resolve errors seen in other genomes and even the gold-standard…

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Thursday, November 7, 2019

ASHG PacBio Workshop: Characterization of a large, human-specific tandem repeat array associated with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia

In this ASHG workshop presentation, Janet Song of Stanford School of Medicine shared research on resolving a tandem repeat array implicated in bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. These psychiatric diseases share a number of genomic risk variants, she noted, but scientists continue to search for a specific causal variant in the CACNA1C gene suggested by previous genome-wide association studies. SMRT Sequencing of this region in 16 individuals identified a series of 30-mer repeats, containing a total of about 50 variants. Analysis showed that 10 variants were linked to protective or risk haplotypes. Song aims to study the function of these variants…

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Thursday, November 7, 2019

User Group Meeting: Development, validation, and applications of a high-fidelity, species-specific, eubacterial pan-domain microbiome assay on the PacBio System

In this PacBio User Group Meeting presentation, Garth Ehrlich of Drexel University College of Medicine shares his work on developing a microbiome assay that uses SMRT Sequencing to provide high-quality coverage of the 16S bacterial rRNA for species identification. The microbiome analysis pipeline, MCSMRT, takes advantage of PacBio circular consensus sequencing (CCS) technology and second-generation pathway analysis system for generating extremely high-fidelity sequences that provide the user with ultra-high-confidence species-level microbiome data.

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Thursday, November 7, 2019

ASHG PacBio Workshop: Amplicon SMRT Sequencing applications in human genetics

In this ASHG workshop presentation, Stuart Scott of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, presented on using the PacBio system for amplicon sequencing in pharmacogenomics and clinical genomics workflows. Accurate, phased amplicon sequence for the CYP2D6 gene, for example, has allowed his team to reclassify up to 20% of samples, providing data that’s critical for drug metabolism and dosing. In clinical genomics, Scott presented several case studies illustrating the utility of highly accurate, long-read sequencing for assessing copy number variants and for confirming a suspected medical diagnosis in rare disease patients. He noted that the latest Sequel System…

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Thursday, November 7, 2019

Educational Video: Step 2 – de novo assembly of a genome

This video provides an overview of the techniques and steps of generating a de novo genome assembly with long-read sequencing data generated using PacBio Single Molecule, Real-Time (SMRT) Sequencing. In this video, a PacBio scientist covers the benefits of long reads when generating high-quality genome assemblies, the latest tools for creating assemblies, including HGAP, FALCON and FALCON-Unzip, how to polish and assess the quality of a genome assembly, and how to submit an assembly to NCBI.

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Thursday, November 7, 2019

ASHG PacBio Workshop: PacBio product updates and roadmap – announcing the release of new chemistry and software

In this ASHG workshop presentation , Jonas Korlach, CSO of PacBio, walked attendees through recent product updates and the coming technology roadmap. The Sequel System 6.0 release offered major improvements to accuracy, throughput, structural variant calling, and large-insert libraries, he said, showing examples of 35 kb libraries. Looking ahead, Korlach said that the V2 express library preparation product should be available early in 2019, with the new 8M SMRT Cell being introduced sometime later.

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Thursday, November 7, 2019

Webinar: A sketch of assembly recipes for PacBio data

This webinar, presented by Nisha Pillai, provides an overview of bioinformatics approaches for PacBio Single Molecule, Real-Time (SMRT) Sequencing data and discusses the whole genome sequencing application including: assembly workflow designs, an overview analysis tools for de novo assembly of SMRT Sequencing data (HGAP4, FALCON & FALCON-Unzip), and finally best practices and case studies.

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Thursday, November 7, 2019

Webinar: Survey of transcriptome diversity using Iso-Seq analysis

The Iso-Seq method enables the sequencing of transcript isoforms from the 5’ end to their poly-A tails, eliminating the need for transcript reconstruction and inference. This webinar provides a comprehensive guide to Iso-Seq method data analysis, bioinformatics, and review key applications.

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Thursday, November 7, 2019

User Group Meeting: Application of genome assembly in Bovinae species

In this PacBio User Group Meeting presentation, Tim Smith of the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service describes efforts to generate reference-grade genome assemblies for various bovine species and analyze them to understand factors such as how selective breeding has affected certain breeds. Genome assemblies he presents span cattle, water buffalo, and gaur. Smith shows data for each assembly, noting that as data production shifted to the Sequel System, long-read PacBio data became even better at producing highly contiguous assemblies.

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