PacBio - Monthly Newsletter (October)


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Simply tell us in 300 words or less how HiFi reads will accelerate your science for a chance to win up to 4 SMRT Cells 8M, sequencing on the new Sequel II System and bioinformatics support from the joint AGRF-UQ PacBio Service team

The submission window closes October 12, 2020.

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The PacBio APAC & Millennium Science Teams

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Virtual Global Summit 2020

Whether you’re an avid PacBio user or are interested in learning how highly accurate long-read sequencing, or HiFi sequencing, can help you answer your toughest biological questions, the PacBio Virtual Global Summit has something for you.

So save the date for November 17-18, 2020 and join us for this interactive event to connect the worldwide network of scientists, sequencing experts, and bioinformaticians who are using HiFi sequencing to advance their research.

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:

  • Mara Lawniczak, Ph.D. Group Leader, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute
  • Arang Rhie, Ph.D. Postdoctoral Fellow, Genome Informatics, National Human Genome Research Institute, NIH
  • Jeremy Schmutz, Ph.D. Faculty Investigator Hudson Alpha Institute of Biotechnology
  • Evan Eichler, Ph.D. Professor and HHMI Investigator University of Washington
  • Christian Henry, Chief Executive Office, PacBio

PacBio HiFi Sequencing Overwhelmingly Best for Human Genome Sequencing

This month included significant and historic achievements by the human genetics’ community, using PacBio HiFi reads as a cornerstone technology for sequencing and analyzing whole human genomes.  Click the button below to read the major announcements, with links to resources and primary sources.

PacBio HiFi reads are now perceived as having the highest value for human WGS by top KOL’s in the human genetics community — providing an optimal balance of long read lengths and high accuracy — to achieve the most comprehensive variant detection for re-sequencing (small + large variants), and the best contiguity and accuracy for de novo assembly (complete chromosomes, >Q60 accuracy).

These announcements collectively demonstrate that PacBio human Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS), with HiFi reads, continues to gain broad market awareness and adoption —for both our Variant Detection and de novo Assembly applications.

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HiCanu for Human Genome Assembly

HiCanu is now published in Genome Research

Hear how scientists are using PacBio highly accurate long reads (HiFi reads) to develop pangenome collections and to study population genetics of plant and animal species to power their research. Learn about the advantages of sequencing multiple individuals to gain comprehensive views of genetic variation and understand the speed, cost, and accuracy benefits of using HiFi reads .

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New Answers in Rare Disease with Long-Read Sequencing

infographic-pacbio.jpgThere is a great article written by PacBio's Luke Hickey in ClinicalOmics. New Answers in Rare Disease with Long-Read Sequencing provides a great overview of benefits of PacBio sequencing for solving Rare and Mendelian Disease. PacBio HiFi reads for WGS Variant Detection on the Sequel II System are ideal for studying rare and unsolved disease

This webinar featuring PacBio’s Aaron Wenger, and a past SMRT Grant winner; Kristen Sund from the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital on "Increasing Solve Rates for Rare and Mendelian Diseases with Long-read Sequencing" is also a useful resource

User-Friendly Solutions to SMRT Sequencing Bioinformatics with SMRT Link

The latest release, SMRT Link v9.0, comes with several new features like; a faster CCS application to generate HiFi reads, an improved Microbial Assembly pipeline, the ability to analyze datasets generated with the new ultra-low input protocol, and a new sample traceability infrastructure. Check out the webinar recording to hear more about SMRT Link v9.0.

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