NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Researchers are tantalizingly close to achieving chromosome-scale genome assemblies for crop plants, thanks to recent work by researchers from the University of California, Davis, BGI, and Dovetail Genomics.

By combining in vivo and in vitro proximity ligation technologies, highly accurate and contiguous genomes could help accelerate more traditional, genetic-marker based crop breeding and unleash the potential of targeted genome editing to improve plants other than corn, wheat, and soybeans.

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This webinar will provide an in-depth case study demonstrating how reference standards can be used to develop and validate circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA)-based assays.

May
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May
08
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This webinar will discuss a proximity ligation-based method for studying structural variation in formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded (FFPE) tissue.

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This webinar will highlight the use of high-throughput sequencing of post-mortem human brain tissue to identify neurodegenerative markers and identify potential drug targets.