News & Events

  • News

    Testing will remain important even as Minnesotans get vaccinated

    Finding asymptomatic carriers reduces spread. An analysis published last month in JAMA Network Open estimated more than half of all COVID-19 transmission originates in people who don't know they are infected. The UMGC’s highly-automated lab is ideally suited to assist with asymptomatic assurance testing by pooling samples 5:1 to reduce the costs per test.

    February 28, 2021

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    Scientists look to Twin Cities sewers to find COVID variants

    Scientists at the Metropolitan Council and the University of Minnesota's Genomics Center have started work to detect new strains of COVID in the wastewater flowing into the Twin Cities' primary sewage treatment plant in St. Paul.

    February 15, 2021

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    UMGC joins Assurance Testing Alliance

    The Assurance Testing Alliance (ATA) connects laboratories with schools, elder care settings, employers, and other communities that need regular testing. Thus far, ATA member organizations have contracted with several laboratories to enable nationwide impact, including the Broad Institute, Guardant Health, and University of Minnesota's Genomics Center.

    October 6, 2020

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    SARS-CoV-2 Strain Sequencing

    The UMGC has developed a PCR amplicon-based SARS-CoV-2 strain sequencing service that leverages protocols developed by the ARTIC Network, while reducing cost and increasing throughput.

    May 18, 2020

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    Summer 2020 Newsletter

    In our continuing commitment to assess and acquire emerging genomic technologies, we have advanced our long-read sequencing service by installing the PacBio Sequel II. With the Sequel II System, UMN researchers will see longer reads with greater accuracy and generate more HiFi data per SMRT Cell 8M.

    May 11, 2020

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    UMGC helps to launch COVID-19 diagnostic test

    UMGC scientists applied their experience in high-throughput genomics, automation, and LIMS development to develop a scalable, sensitive RT-qPCR assay workflow that amplifies two regions of the inactivated virus.

    March 31, 2020

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    Winter 2019 Newsletter

    The UMGC launched a new Charter Service for RNA-Seq to provide a monthly shared 150 PE NovaSeq run that departs on the 1st business day of the month. The rate includes library prep and sequencing to 20 million reads/sample, but additional sequencing depth can be purchased.

    January 29, 2020

  • Events

    Join the Spatial Interest Group

    This group provides a forum to connect UMN researchers with experts in spatial genomics and UMN core facilities, who will coordinate the efforts and workflows for this multi-disciplinary field. Researchers will share their experiences and results with nascent spatial genomics technologies with the Spatial Interest Group (SIG).

    November 11, 2019

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    Fall 2019 Newsletter

    As a small benchtop instrument with a straightforward library prep and loading protocol, the GridION is an optimal Do-It-Yourself instrument that gives researchers a rapid, scalable sequencing solution on their own schedule. With high-quality DNA as input, this technology is capable of producing ultra-long reads up to 100’s of kb in length. Learn more about DIY sequencing.

    November 7, 2019