The UMGC has teamed up with PacBio on a SMRT Grant to explore structural variation in humans. As the host site for the SMRT Grant, our experienced long-read sequencing group will provide free high-quality template preparation; low-coverage, whole genome SMRT sequencing; and bioinformatic support for structural variant analysis to one exceptional research proposal.
The SMRT Grant program connects research projects that would benefit from single molecule sequencing with a chance to win comprehensive project support and sequencing from a skilled, certified PacBio service provider. The UMGC is pleased to be selected as the site for the 2018 Structural Variation Grant.
The increased ability to identify structural variants that have been difficult to detect with short-read sequencing is a key benefit to using low-coverage, long-read PacBio sequencing.
With improved sequencing over longer and more complex regions of the human genome, researchers will be able to discover novel disease genes, identify causative mutations, and explain the basis of complex disease.
One SMRT grant will be awarded to an oustanding proposal, and the award will consist of:
Monday, October 15th, 2018 (9:00 AM PST): Competition opens.
Friday, November 30th, 2018 (5:00 PM PST): Competition closes.
To win free SMRT sequencing, submit a 250-word proposal to the PacBio web-site describing how your human genome project would benefit from low-coverage, whole genome sequencing. One winner will be selected from all qualified submissions by PacBio and UMGC scientists. To submit your proposal by Friday, Novemeber 30th, 2018 and to read the official rules (including eligibility), see the PacBio web-site.