The annual AACR (American Association for Cancer Research) meeting was held in Philadelphia PA from April 18-22, and being able to attend several sessions is a privilege. (Yes I’m writing this the morning of the last half-day, knowing that there’s still a full morning of sessions including the last poster […]
Theral Timpson produces a weekly podcast at Mendelspod.com, and in his latest edition he interviews me about Google X Life Sciences (I wrote about them before here), long-read sequencing (in particular Pacific Biosciences) which then I’m able to discuss the value of complete human diploid sequencing, and my involvement with […]
Yesterday’s Ion Torrent Proton PII™ and Illumina NextSeq 500™ post certainly got a reaction from several quarters, including detailed pricing information about the 1x75bp format for the high-throughput configuration on the consumables. Instead of making edits to the original here are some clarifying points, as it is clear that Illumina […]
There has been a lot of publicity around the NextSeq 500 from Illumina, and it appears to have been designed to compete directly against Ion Torrent’s upcoming PII chip. Thanks to a visit to upstate New York last week, I met Dr. Sridar Chittur who told me how important it […]
There are several commercial methods for looking at 10’s or 100’s of gene expression levels via a high throughput TaqMan™ assay from Life Technologies / Thermo Fisher Scientific, a competitive offering from Roche, Douglas Scientific, or also Fluidigm. The limitation of these technologies however is the amount of multiplexing a […]
One of the most interesting liquid handling technologies I’ve seen in a while was from a Limerick (Ireland) company called Gen Cell Biosystems. As a person who used to hear all about Laboratory Automation from the BioRobot™ folks in my days at QIAGEN, as well as the Society for Biomolecular […]
Over the two days right before the annual ASHG (American Society of Human Genetics) meeting in Boston, Life Technologies held a two-day event where several hundred Ion Torrent customers and other interested parties attended. Updates for three upcoming products (the Ion Chef automated template prep, the PII chip, and a […]
Today Ion Torrent launches a neat product based upon a highly multiplexed technology called AmpliSeq, called the Ion AmpliSeq Exome, covering >97% of the CCDS regions. But before getting into the details, a little context is in order.