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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 […]

First Customer PhiX Data from the NextSeq 500


Behind the Bench blog from 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 […]

Going ‘Behind the Bench’ (a new blog)


The Ion Proton at the Smithsonian 'Code of Life', F1 generation in the foreground. 3
“You’ve got to be very careful if you don’t know where you’re going, because you might not get there.” – Yogi Berra 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 […]

A new role, a new team and a new blog



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 […]

Dana Pe’er, Garry Noland and single-cell proteomics at AACR


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 […]

Steven Rosenberg and T-Cell Immunotherapy for Cancer