Bigger and Better
Creature by creature, the natural world is steadily yielding its secrets to the genome sequencers. But the sequencers are getting restless. Eager to push the envelope, microbiologists at The Institute for Genomic Research and at Craig Venter’s new Institute for Biological Energy Alternatives have an ambitious new goal: to decode the microbial world an ecosystem at a time.
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Publish or Perish
NHGRI will commemorate the final draft of the human-genome sequence, slated to wrap up in April, with a series of 24 articles describing each chromosome. These articles, to be published through the end of next year, will be capped soon after by one final analysis paper.
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There’s good budget news from the Senate Appropriations Committee for two federal agencies that underwrite research and development in genomics. The committee approved a $5.3 billion budget for the National Science Foundation, an 11 percent increase over the fiscal year 2002 budget and $288 million more than the administration’s request.
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Researchers who have already acquired a TOF/TOF share their initial feedback on the instrument. By far the most notable observation concerning the TOF/TOFs — be they Bruker Daltonics or Applied Biosystems — was that researchers have yet to take advantage of the highly vaunted improvements in throughput that the instrument was meant to bring.
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US and European bioinformatics sales may be in the doldrums, but software vendors that have established sales channels in Japan say that they are seeing relative — if not considerable — success. However, gaining a strong foothold in Japan is far more challenging than selling into the US and European markets.
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“We believe the market has moved from leading by innovation to leading by distribution…Distribution has become key.”
— Genomic Solutions CEO Jeffrey Williams, discussing why his company was acquired by lab supply company Harvard BioSciences
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