Next Generation Technologist

Next Generation Sequencing, Marketing, and the Genomic Revolution

June 12, 2014
by Dale Yuzuki
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First Customer PhiX Data from the NextSeq 500

Image courtesy of Wikipedia user Fdardel

Phi X 174 image courtesy of Wikipedia user Fdardel

Illumina announced in January at the JP Morgan Healthcare conference the NextSeq 500, which was trumpeted (at least at the level of press releases and public relations) of being available immediately. Knowing first-hand how difficult it is to launch a new system, I had expected the first systems to ship by the end of the first quarter (March), but here we are in mid-June and the first data is only now being reported on the NextSeq 500 system. Continue Reading →

May 26, 2014
by Dale Yuzuki
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Going ‘Behind the Bench’ (a new blog)

Behind the Bench blog from Life Technologies

The Behind the Bench blog from Thermo Fisher Scientific and Life Technologies

First of all I’m announcing to the world a new Thermo Fisher Scientific / Life Technologies blog entitled ‘Behind the Bench’. I mentioned in the last post that this blog will launch May 27th, but due to some factors beyond my control we’ve gone ‘live’ with it today. (It may seem self-referential to blog post about another blog, but I’ll save that for another day!) Continue Reading →

May 5, 2014
by Dale Yuzuki
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A new role, a new team and a new blog

“You’ve got to be very careful if you don’t know where you’re going, because you might not get there.” – Yogi Berra

The Ion Proton at the Smithsonian 'Code of Life', F1 generation in the foreground.

The Ion Proton at the Smithsonian ‘Code of Life’, F1 generation in the foreground.

Two years ago when I started this blog I had a few goals – one was to educate and inform, another to build connections, and a third to initiate conversation. In that relatively short timeframe these goals have been fulfilled way past what I originally anticipated, in particular how many folks do read what it out there, you just don’t know exactly who it is until they casually mention it. Continue Reading →

April 10, 2014
by Dale Yuzuki
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Dana Pe’er, Garry Noland and single-cell proteomics at AACR

Standing-room only crowd at the 2014 AACR Symposium "Single Cell Analysis of the Tumor"

Standing-room only crowd at the 2014 AACR Symposium “Single Cell Analysis of the Tumor”

During AACR a number of great sessions were presented at ‘meet the expert’ sessions at 7am in the morning. One benefit of coming out West from the East Coast is not being able to stay up past 10:30pm or so local time, and waking up on my own at 4:30am local time every day. (A friend from the NCI told me he doesn’t like to ‘ping-pong between time zones’, and I whole-heartedly agree!)

At one of the these 7am sessions was one by Dana Pe’er of Columbia University, entitled “Understanding tumor heterogeneity using 40 markers at single cell resolution”. I thought: intriguing title, this should be interesting. Continue Reading →

April 8, 2014
by Dale Yuzuki
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Steven Rosenberg and T-Cell Immunotherapy for Cancer

Steven Rosenberg, NCI at a 2014 AACR Plenary Session

Steven Rosenberg, NCI at a 2014 AACR Plenary Session

As a person who worked at a melanoma research institute once upon a time (the John Wayne Cancer Institute in Santa Monica California, by the way), it was a pleasure to hear Steven Rosenberg’s plenary talk at the AACR meeting in San Diego. A lot has happened since 1997.

It was in the mid-1990’s that I was working in the laboratory of Dr. David Hoon, and the Institute was one of the few groups at that time that had several groups working on tumor immunology. One of our main ‘competitors’ in the tumor immunology field (for metastatic melanoma) was Steven Rosenberg of the National Cancer Institute, which had the history of being the longest NCI Research Program Project grantees at that time (JWCI had the second-longest one). Continue Reading →

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