Learning About Long Reads: The PacBio User Group Meeting

This week we’re traveling to Baltimore for the annual east coast user group meeting for Pacific Biosciences customers. We’re a sponsor of the event and look forward to the great scientific presentations these meetings have become known for. Click here to check out the latest resources and protocols for size-selecting PacBio libraries using Sage instruments.

This year for the first time there will be a half-day sample prep workshop, including talks on handling ultra-long DNA fragments, among others. We’re eager to see how PacBio users have made the most of BluePippin and SageELF, our automated DNA size selection platforms for long DNA fragments, in their research pipelines.

Held at the University of Maryland’s campus on June 17, the meeting will feature speakers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Disease, Baylor College of Medicine, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, and many others. We’re particularly looking forward to talks on fusion isoforms in breast cancer, de novo metagenomics, and diagnostic assays.

PacBio customers tend to be intrepid when it comes to trying new protocols and coming up with new methods, especially regarding sample prep. Each year at this meeting we’ve gotten a new glimpse into low-input sequencing or other technical achievements, so we anticipate great presentations from people who continue to push the envelope with long-read sequencing.

If you’ll be at the event, we hope you stop by our table and check out BluePippin and SageELF. If not, we’ll be tweeting and blogging, so stay tuned!

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