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National Center for Single-Cell Research Established in Sweden

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Science for Life Laboratory (SciLifeLab) has created the Swedish National Center for Single-Cell Biology, equipped with instruments from Fluidigm, the company said after the close of the market on Thursday. 

The new center will have six C1 systems, three CyTOF 2 mass spectrometry platforms, and one Biomark HD system. It will operate as three complementary nodes with one node located in Stockholm for the high-throughput streamlined microfluidics-based transcriptome and genome analysis of large numbers of individual eukaryotic cells. 

The Stockholm site will offer single-cell RNA-seq on the Fluidigm C1 platform using the STRT protocol and a microtiter-plate format using SMART-seq2, Fluidigm said. The node will also offer single-cell DNA analysis. The facility will have four employees and is expected to be accessible to outside users in mid-2015. The Swedish National Infrastructure for Computing will provide computational resources. 

Another node will be located in Uppsala for flexible, high-capacity single-cell genomics for smaller microbial cells, Fluidigm said. The third node, also in Uppsala, will be a proteomics facility based on multiplexed protein quantification technology. 

SciLifeLab is a collaboration between Karolinska Institute, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm University, and Uppsala University aimed at developing new scientific methods and workflows.

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