To identify the genetic drivers of neurological, neuromuscular, and neurodegenerative disorders scientists must have access to the complete genomic landscape, including regions previously deemed impossible to sequence, and the tools to examine the full range of genomic variation.

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The PacBio systems using Single Molecule, Real-Time (SMRT) sequencing provide exceptionally long reads, uniform coverage and high consensus accuracy. This technology enables scientists to gain a more comprehensive understanding of the genetic basis of neurological disease.

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Targeting sequencing

Targeting sequencing of candidate genes with pre-designed capture panels or long-range PCR to enrich and sequence multi-kilobase fragments

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Variant detection

Variant detection to phase alleles and screen for variants including SNPs, complex structural variants like repeat expansions, and long homopolymers

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RNA sequencing

RNA sequencing of full-length isoforms of disease-relevant genes to characterize the complete landscape of gene-specific transcripts

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Epigenetics for a more complete picture of the underlying biological disease mechanisms

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Learn how these new applications will enable you to:

  • More accurately identify human disease-causing tandem repeat changes than ever before with TRGT, PacBio’s all-new software solution for state-of-the-art tandem repeat analysis.
  • More easily and cost-effectively obtain detailed sequences of just the genes you care about at scale, with the power of targeted HiFi sequencing and custom gene panels developed by Twist Bioscience.


Germline mosaicism of a missense variant in KCNC2 in a multiplex family with autism and epilepsy characterized by long-read sequencing

Currently, protein-coding de novo variants and large copy number variants have been identified as important for ~30% of individuals with autism. One approach to identify relevant variation in individuals who lack these types of events is by utilizing newer genomic technologies. In this study, highly accurate PacBio HiFi long-read sequencing was applied to a family with autism, epileptic encephalopathy, cognitive impairment, and mild dysmorphic features with no known clinical variant.

Mehinovic, E. et al. 2022. Germline mosaicism of a missense variant in KCNC2 in a multiplex family with autism and epilepsy characterized by long-read sequencing, AJMG,

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Full-length transcript sequencing of human and mouse cerebral cortex identifies widespread isoform diversity and alternative splicing

Leung et al. use long-read sequencing to annotate RNA isoforms in the human and mouse cortex. They identify novel transcripts and evidence for differential transcript usage between the fetal and adult cortex. Their data confirm the importance of alternative splicing as a mechanism underpinning gene regulation in the brain.

Leung, S.K. et al. 2021. Cell Reports,

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