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July 09, 2020
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Our Magic DRAGEN: A Sequencing Lab Case Study on Accelerated Bioinformatics


In this webinar, Dr. Charlie Johnson, founder of the Texas A&M AgriLife Genomics and Bioinformatics Service, will share how his team is utilizing Illumina’s DRAGEN informatics platform in its high-throughput agrigenomics research program. 

Increases in sequencing power, laboratory automation, and bioinformatics have revolutionized agriculture genomics, but until the rise of the DRAGEN system, computing was the biggest roadblock for Dr. Johnson’s team. He will discuss how the platform has enabled his lab to reduce post-run data processing time from days to hours and in some cases minutes.

Dr. Johnson will also share how his team has expanded use of the DRAGEN system across the whole analysis pipeline, describe areas where the power of the platform’s hardware acceleration provides the best performance, and outline work being done to further improve efficiency.

Illumina’s Stephanie Black will review the DRAGEN technology, discuss key application areas, summarize recent advancements, and walk through the growing DRAGEN access points, both on-premises and in the cloud.

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SARS-CoV-2 vaccine developers are evaluating further vaccine doses as well as modified doses to keep up with new viral variants, according to CNN.

The New York Times reports that a new viral variant of concern has been identified in New York City.

In Nature this week: spatiotemporally resolved map of the human cell cycle, folding single-cell RNA sequencing into cancer drug studies, and more.

According to BBC News, the global vaccine-sharing initiative has sent its first shipment, which arrived in Ghana this week.

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Wastewater based epidemiology (WBE) has been established as a viable, valuable, and cost-effective means to monitor infectious disease within a community. 

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Thermo Fisher Scientific

Viruses mutate as they strive to thrive in response to selective pressures.