April 9, 2013  |  Microbial sequencing methods

It’s a Very Microbial Season

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This springtime, we’ve got microbes on the brain! The annual meeting of the American Society for Microbiology is just over a month away, so we’ve been thinking a lot about microbial genomics and how we can contribute to this burgeoning field.

Microbiology is a key application for customers using the PacBio® RS. With its throughput, turnaround time, cost-effectiveness, and long reads, it is the perfect tool for performing de novo sequencing of microbes and generating closed genomes — often bringing microbial genomes together in a single contig. Beyond that, the unique way in which SMRT® Sequencing produces epigenetic data together with sequence information provides a critical dimension for better characterizing and understanding microbial function.

We’ve just launched a new page on our website to highlight a number of resources about microbial genome sequencing. You’ll find case studies about bacterial genome analyses performed by our customers using SMRT Sequencing, recent publications and related news, videos, and much more.

Finally, we encourage anyone who is planning to attend the ASM meeting in Denver to register for the pre-conference workshop on Microbial Epigenetics (Saturday, May 18, 1:00 to 4:30 p.m.). It’s listed as WS-24, “Studying Whole-Genome Microbial Epigenetics,” and includes great speakers from UC Davis, USDA, FDA, and more. Review the full speaker lineup

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