During Tuesday morning’s plenary session, Stanford University’s Stephen Quake, who co-founded Fluidigm and Helicos BioSciences, discussed what the biological analog of the integrated circuit would be, and his lab’s work toward single-cell genetic and genomic analyses and direct deterministic phasing. Then, during a new workshop on systems genomics, researchers discussed ways genomic tools are being put to use to study organisms like medicago and rice.

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