If We Close Our Eyes, We Can Almost Hear the Sound of Surf

This winter has been especially brutal at Sage headquarters in Massachusetts — it is possible that we have never anticipated the Marco Island conference with quite this level of enthusiasm!

Next week we and hundreds of other scientists will flock to Marco Island, Fla., for the 15th annual Advances in Genome Biology and Technology conference. A quick look at the agenda promises that this year’s lineup won’t disappoint for big-name speakers, new technology details, and a continued push for demonstrations of clinical utility.

Aside from our big escape from subzero weather, we at Sage are excited about the meeting because it will be our opportunity to introduce new products of our own. The SageELF, short for Electrophoretic Lateral Fractionator, is the first whole-sample DNA fractionation system to hit the market. We think it has great applications for detecting splice variants, building libraries with multiple insert sizes for more accurate genome assemblies, and preserving precious samples. (It works with proteins as well.) We’ll also have a prototype of the high-throughput version of our Pippin automated DNA size selection system on display. Based on how many customers have been asking us for this, we can’t wait to show it off.

Feel free to stop by our suite — Lanai #281 — to check out the new products, learn more about how accurate DNA sizing can improve the quality of your experiments, or just pick up some of our cool swag. (Hint: there’s chocolate involved.)

We look forward to seeing you in sunny Florida!

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