The possibilities seemed endless at the Advances in Genome Biology and Technology meeting this year. Continuing last year’s focus on new DNA sequencing technologies, this year’s conference in Marco Island, Fla., served up excitement not only about the tools themselves but about the new applications they’re enabling.

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