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    Upcoming Webinar on UMGC Updates

    The University of Minnesota Genomics Center (UMGC) invites you to a webinar to hear Dr. Kenny Beckman, Director of the UMGC, present on new technologies and services, new rates, and organizational changes to the UMGC. We will encourage – and be happy to answer – questions from attendees.

    September 17, 2021

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    Changes in data delivery for UMGC users

    Starting in October 2021, the UMGC will be delivering data for UMN users with MSI accounts to MSI's Shared User Resource Facility Storage (SURFS). Delivered data will be located in the "data_delivery" folder in your group's folder on MSI's primary filesystem (/home/GROUP/data_delivery/umgc).

    September 16, 2021

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    Join the Spatialomics Interest Group

    This group connects UMN researchers with experts in spatial biology 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 technologies with the Spatialomics Interest Group (SIG).

    September 1, 2021

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    2021 Plant and Animal Sciences SMRT GRANT PROGRAM

    We've partnered with PacBio to bring you this exciting opportunity to win a SMRT sequencing project with us. Tell us in 100 words or less how characterizing genetic variation in your favorite plant or animal species with HiFi sequencing will contribute to a healthier population and planet for a chance to win SMRTbell library preparation, up to 6 SMRT Cells 8M, sequencing on the Sequel IIe System, and bioinformatics support.

    August 31, 2021

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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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    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

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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