This past week I attended the Cambridge Healthtech Institute’s “Applying Next Generation Sequencing” meeting in Providence R.I. Attendance was down which is an indicator of the maturity of NGS technology, constrained travel budgets, or an oversupply of NGS conferences, and probably a combination of all three.
Every mother-to-be who has what is considered an ‘at-risk’ pregnancy is informed of the risks to the fetus of a genetic abnormality. ‘At-risk’ can involve a long list of medical conditions (diabetes or cancer for example) or poor health choices (illegal drug use or smoking). Yet a common cause of […]
Immunology is a fascinating subject. Immense in its complexity, debilitating when the immune system malfunctions, our ability to fend off bacterial and viral infection, cancers of different types, and other foreign invaders is a remarkable biological capability. The NIH estimates 24M Americans are affected with an autoimmune disorder, but that […]
This week a remarkable paper was published in Nature, called “Accurate whole-genome sequencing and haplotyping from 10 to 20 human cells”. What makes it remarkable is the ability of this method to obtain rare variant phase information by changing the library preparation method. Until now to obtain completely phased individual […]
In previous posts I covered the basics of next-generation sequencing – library preparation, template preparation, and the sequencing methodology itself, whether by pyrophosphate detection, single base extension with reversible terminators, or probe addition by ligation. And single molecule sequencing’s attractiveness as a technology has been covered here, but here I’ll […]