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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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Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Resolving Viral Evolution and Quasispecies Diversity with HiFi Sequencing

In this talk, speakers provide an understanding HiFi sequencing methods for resolving viral diversity in complex systems, examples of how HiFi sequencing can phase entire viral genes or genomes, revealing quasispecies diversity within patients, and how combining fully-phased minor variant data with other data types provides insights into viral evolution, immune escape, and drug resistance.

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Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Optimizing for Information: What Richer Data and Better Assemblies Reveal About Metagenome Structure and Function

In this talk, speakers provide an overview of PacBio-recommended tools for metagenome sequencing analysis, where to download example test data, the typical performance for HiFi metagenome sequencing of fecal samples, the impact of read accuracy on metagenome assembly of long-read data, and finally, how deep sequencing that combines HiFi reads and Hi-C data can enormously increase recovery of high-quality MAGs and connect plasmids and viruses to host strains.

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Friday, June 4, 2021

Advancing Pharmacogenomics Research and the Need for Highly Accurate Long-Read Sequencing

Through Pharmacogenomics (PGx), we can explore how a person’s genome affects their response to drugs to enable the development of safe and effective medications tailored to their genetic makeup. In this talk, you’ll learn how PacBio HiFi sequencing: is cost-effective and highly accurate; enables comprehensive interrogation of pharmacogenomics genes—detecting all types of variants even in challenging regions; allows for the sequencing of pharmacogenomics genes as single-gene assays or large panels; produces data that is highly concordant with other technologies—adding value through comprehensive variant detection, copy number assessment, and phasing.

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Monday, May 24, 2021

PacBio Data Deep Dive: A Closer Look at HiFi Sequencing

The Sequel IIe System produces highly accurate long reads (HiFi reads) quickly and cost-effectively thanks to increased computational capacity and on-instrument data processing. This results in a significant reduction of overall secondary analysis time and reduces the computational needs in terms of file transfer and data storage. This webinar provides an overview of PacBio data for beginner and advanced users of HiFi reads, exploring the content of PacBio BAM files, providing examples of how HiFi reads can be filtered, and going through recommendations for downstream analysis.

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Monday, May 24, 2021

DNA and Sample Preparation for PacBio HiFi Sequencing – Best Practices and FAQ

With highly accurate long reads (HiFi reads) of >99% accuracy, the Sequel IIe System is the tool of choice for producing reference quality assemblies, calling variants with the highest precision, reading full-length transcripts, characterizing isoform diversity, and many more applications. To maximize the quality of your results, DNA and sample preparation are critical steps in your sequencing workflow. In this webinar we cover the following points: preparing DNA for PacBio HiFi sequencing, selecting the right HiFi library preparation protocol for your project, and interpreting sequencing metrics and troubleshooting.

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