Gearing Up for PAG 2015

San Diego, here we come! We’re getting ready for the annual International Plant and Animal Genome conference, a stellar event that highlights some of the latest and greatest work happening in the agbio realm. PAG is the one conference we attend every year where human research never makes an appearance. The spotlight is on the plants and animals, as well as the dedicated communities of researchers studying them.

This year we will once again be co-sponsoring a grant program for “The Most Interesting Genome in the World” with Pacific Biosciences. Scientists who submit a proposal for their favorite genome have the chance to get that organism sequenced on the PacBio long-read sequencing platform. Find out more at

We’re pleased to see that so many PacBio customers have adopted our BluePippin automated DNA sizing platform to take full advantage of long-read sequencing. A recent paper published in the journal Scientific Data from a team of scientists presents PacBio sequence data for five organisms: Escherichia coli, Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Neurospora crassa, Arabidopsis thaliana, and Drosophila melanogaster. Libraries for each genome were size selected using BluePippin, and data was publicly released via NCBI’s Sequence Read Archive. We’re sure this effort will get noticed by PAG attendees!

If you’ll be at the meeting in San Diego next week, please stop by booth 228 to meet the Sage Science team and learn more about how automated DNA size selection can help improve your data. We’d love to say hello!

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