Ever wondered if you are the only one trying to unwind the mysteries of automating your genomic workflows?

We live and breath genomics and we want to share it with you. If NGS, PCR and nucleic acid purification are your daily bread, then this is the right channel for you. And don’t forget to get in touch with us! On the right hand side of this page, you’ll find the ‘Contact us’ section, giving you full access to our genomics experts.

Advances in Genome Biology and Technology General Meeting

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.

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Bacteria are coming to your town!

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.

Festival of Genomics in London

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.

Do you find setting up quantitation plates boring? Do you get confused when normalizing samples?

This solution provides outstanding results for plate set-up and normalization, which we want to share with you in three application notes:

Have you ever thought about trying to track all the fish in the sea?

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.

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Do you need precision when setting up your PCRs and yet you want to be fast?

Lose all those endless hours of pipetting and concentration not to lose track of where your sample goes. At Tecan we’ve optimized KAPA SYBR FAST kit on Fluent.

With this solution you get great precision at a great speed! And you will get all those pipetting hours back to do your science.

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Our Experts

Marilena Meloni

Application specialist

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.

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Beatrice Marg-Haufe

Market manager

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.

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