First Customer PhiX Data from the NextSeq 500 4

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 […]

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Behind the Bench blog from Life Technologies

Going ‘Behind the Bench’ (a new blog)

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 […]


A new role, a new team and a new blog 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 […]

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

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

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

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 […]


Steven Rosenberg and T-Cell Immunotherapy for Cancer

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, NCI at a 2014 AACR Plenary Session

Elana Simon at the American Association for Cancer Research

The reason I enjoy coming to large meetings like the American Association for Cancer Research (April 5-9 in San Diego) is the surprising things I learn. And the story of Elana Simon is one of them. She did not appear on the program, but a new award was initiated this […]


Notes from the NCI’s Third Symposium on Translational Genomics

Living in the Washington DC area is a privilege. As a native Californian who has been on the East Coast for about 7 years now, living in the Mid-Atlantic has been so enjoyable for many professional and personal reasons. A case in point is proximity to the National Institutes of […]

Edison Liu, director of Jackson Laboratories Center for Personalized Medicine, at the NCI Third Symposium on Translational Genomics

WaferGen's collection device

WaferGen SmartChip TE™ – a PCR-based approach to target enrichment 2

WaferGen is a California Bay-Area company that originally developed an idea similar to BioTrove, which was to create a solid substrate with nanoliter-sized wells for high throughput real-time PCR. WaferGen’s SmartChip™ has 5,184 wells (that’s a 54 multiple of 96), while BioTrove’s OpenArray™ has 3,072 (that’s a 32 multiple of […]