In every technological revolution, there is a first seminal breakthrough, a burst of commercial activity from many individual companies, and then the eventual maturing of a market, of standards, and the discovery of new uses for the technology in often surprising ways.
Complete Genomics is a startup business founded upon a particular idea – that the whole genome sequencing of human individuals is going to be industrialized, commonplace, and have such clinical utility so as to become the dominant application for next-generation sequencing. (Disclosure – I have no financial interest in this […]
After preparation of the library (and careful quantitation) and preparation of the amplified template comes the main event: the sequencing itself. While there are several methods available, the methods can be divided into three broad divisions. The three divisions are (firstly) Pyrophosphate Release (named for the original patent by Mostafa […]
After a library is properly prepared, (remember it can be from many sources – randomly sheared genomic DNA, cDNA from a small RNA sample, an immunoprecipitated sample) the library molecules need to be amplified in some manner, before the sequencing takes place. Thus there is a critical need for accurate […]
Looking at sequencing from one perspective, library preparation is straightforward. Sequencing a genome (whether bacterial on the order of 5 million bases or a human at 3 billion bases) is a shotgun-based affair with tens of millions to tens of billions of reads that overlap multiple times across the genome […]
As I mentioned in my prior post, Sanger capillary sequencing is not going away anytime soon. Yet next-generation sequencing has made a huge mark in the world – growing from zero in 2005 to a USD $1 Billion market in 2012. And its growth is estimated by various sources to […]
Even though the history of next-generation sequencing is short (the 454 GS20 came out in 2005, the Solexa 1G in 2007, and the SOLiD 2 in 2008), there is a robust genomic revolution going on, and a fierce battle in the marketplace with plummeting costs and soaring throughput. Whether Moore’s […]
An enterprising salesperson from Complete Genomics used this newfangled social media thing called LinkedIn to make her mark on the world (perhaps) by posing a discussion question. (It was over at the ‘Genome Interpretation‘ group in case you were wondering.) Entitled, “The last days of exome sequencing“, she posed the […]