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    Dissecting and Tuning Primer Editing by Proofreading Polymerases

    The latest paper from the UMGC Innovation Lab is published in Nucleic Acid Research. The Innovation Lab expands on their previous work showing that primer editing by proofreading polymerases can rescue the dropout of taxa in marker gene-based microbiome profiling assays. They designed a set of synthetic standards where they systematically mutated every base in the last 10 nt of a commonly used 16S primer (V4_515F), and then characterized the primer editing activity of 8 different polymerases.

    June 14, 2021

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    UMGC receives CDC funding to sequence 6,000 COVID samples

    The UMGC announced today it has received funding from the CDC to conduct genome sequencing on 6,000 COVID-19 samples to aid national and global viral surveillance efforts. The nearly $750,000 contract will allow UMGC to sequence samples of SARS-CoV-2 over the course of one year in collaboration with MDH.

    June 2, 2021

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    UMGC partners with MAISRC on a rapid response Zebra Mussel project

    In response to nationwide alerts that the invasive zebra mussel has been found in pet store moss balls, the UMGC and the MAISRC are working together to monitor Minnesota lakes by sequencing genetic markers found in the moss balls to compare with any future lake infestation.

    April 29, 2021

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    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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    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

  • 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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    Zebra mussel genome unveiled

    The UMGC used a combination of short-read sequencing, long-read sequencing and Hi-C scaffolding to generate a chromosome-scale assembly of the highly repetitive zebra mussel genome, the highest-quality molluscan assembly to date.

    July 31, 2019

  • Events

    GenoFest | Friday, October 4, 2019

    Spatial transcriptomics is here. Learn about this emerging, multi-disciplinary frontier combining histology with genomics to enable approaches such as the two-dimensional spatial resolution of the transcriptome. Friday, October 4th, 2019 from 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM. 1-125 Cancer & Cardiovascular Research Building (CCRB). Registration required.

    July 1, 2019

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    UMGC Extraction Services can boost research

    With 30 years of combined extraction experience, the UMGC's four-person extraction team isolated DNA or RNA from over 45,000 samples – a record number that ranged from plant leaf tissue to human blood, and many challenging samples in between. Using the UMGC Extraction Service is an opportunity for researchers who have limited lab space or staffing resources to continue moving forward with their project.

    June 6, 2019

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    UMGC Launches Innovation Lab

    The Innovation Lab is a research group inside the UMGC that focuses on the development of novel genomics research tools. Led by Dr. Daryl Gohl, the Innovation Lab aims to establish an externally-funded research program by obtaining independent and collaborative grants from the NIH, NSF, and other agencies. Read more about their areas of focus.

    June 1, 2019