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We enjoyed our recent trip to the AGBT General Meeting in Orlando in February, and not just because of the cocktails and the hotel pool's 'Lazy River'.
We were inspired by the latest news and innovations from across the genomics world, and it was nice to see more and more automation creeping in at a general genomics meeting. We had a great time looking at the growing number of automated solutions on the market, as well as talking to people about our own Fluent® Automation Workstation.
The really good news is that the genomics community is definitely starting to understand the benefits of automation and robotics – not just to help them deal with large numbers of samples, but also to increase reproducibility and reduce the risk of human errors.
We’re definitely hoping to head back to sunny Florida next winter so, if we didn't see you at this year's meeting, make sure you drop by and see us then.
OK, so they've been there for a long time (probably before the town), but have you heard about the MetaSUB study?
Starting in 2016, these guys have been taking microbial samples from public transport systems in more than 20 cities across the globe, and using their data to draw a microbiome 'world map'. This initiative is helping us to better understand the metagenome of worldwide bacterial populations, and see how mutations and resistances spread globally.
If you want to know more about this project, take a look at the blog article written by our in-house expert Beatrice Marg-Haufe.
Back in January, we attended the Festival of Genomics London. We had a great time talking to everybody who visited our booth, and enjoyed getting up to speed on how the UK is planning to use sequencing technologies in diagnostics, early detection and therapeutics in the future. It's really exciting to see that NGS isn't just changing the future direction of genetic research, it's also finding its way into routine testing.
Our next European outing was to the 29th Annual Meeting of the German Society of Humangenetics in Muenster on the 14th to 16th of March, where we caught up with all the German genetics specialists who came to our booth for a chat.
This solution provides outstanding results for plate set-up and normalization, which we want to share with you in three application notes:
The Molecular Genetics Laboratory at Canada’s Pacific Biological Station is trying to do just that for the salmon in its Pacific coast fisheries, using NGS to identify and track fish from different hatcheries.Read more
I am an application specialist at Tecan. I studied biology at the University of Sassari, Italy. During my PhD at the University of Insubria (Italy) and two post-docs in Australia (University of New South Wales) and Switzerland (University of Zurich), I focused on population genetics of endangered plant species. I joined Tecan in 2017, and focus in the development and support of genomic applications for the company’s liquid handling platforms.
I am a market manager at Tecan, with over 10 years of experience in assay development, product and market management. I studied biochemistry at the University of Bielefeld, Germany, and at Harvard Medical School, USA. During my PhD at the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry, Munich (Germany), I focused on cancer research. I joined Tecan in 2009, and since then I have been concentrating on applications for the agriculture and genomics markets.
Product and application manager
I am product and application manager for genomics at Tecan. I studied biology at the University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain. During my PhD at the University of Edinburgh, I focused on molecular processes in plant cells. I joined Tecan in 2015, and work on genomic applications for the company’s liquid handling platforms.
I am an application specialist in genomics at Tecan. I studied medical microbiology at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. During my PhD at the University of Zurich, I developed and applied next generation sequencing methods for the diagnosis of human viruses in clinical samples. I joined Tecan in 2017, and focus on the development and support of genomic applications for the company’s liquid handling platforms.