Automate and accelerate: Focus on insights, not library prep

The faster you can prepare high-quality NGS libraries, the faster you can proceed with sequencing your sample and uncovering insights that accelerate your understanding of its underlying biology. But what if you have thousands of samples? Issues such as manual handling errors, irreproducibility and batch-to-batch inconsistency become magnified the more samples you have to process…. Read article →

A whole world in an apple: Meet Dr. Susan Whitehead, assistant professor of Biological Science at Virginia Tech

For new assistant professor Susan Whitehead, Ph.D., from Virginia Tech, in Blacksburg, V.A., the outdoors has always held her interest. A simple summer project, however, encouraged her to turn her gaze further into the microbiome of the fruit in the field. Whitehead sat down with us to talk about her research and how it’s been… Read article →

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Top 10 FAQs in whole genome sequencing for low-input samples

Whether you’re getting a comprehensive view of the genome with whole genome sequencing (WGS) or focusing on the coding regions with whole exome sequencing (WES) and hybrid capture, a remaining bottleneck in next-generation sequencing (NGS) is the library preparation step. Due to risks such as sample loss and handling errors, as well as increased time… Read article →

Urine liquid biopsies

Urine liquid biopsies as a promising biomarker source

The concept of “precision medicine,” an emerging approach using the genetic changes in a patient’s tumor to determine their disease treatment and prevention, can be seen as a new epoch in cancer management. Extracellular vesicles and exosomes are of high interest in the scientific community due to their role in intercellular communications. Especially the role… Read article →