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Genomic selection: can it accelerate livestock breeding?

Posted on Wed, May 01, 2019 @ 08:44 AM

Livestock supports the livelihoods and food security of almost 1.3 billion people worldwide, contributing 40% of the global value of agricultural output.1 This makes the livestock sector one of the fastest growing parts of the agricultural economy, with opportunities for agricultural development, poverty reduction and food security gains.

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Topics: Agrigenomics, Genomics, Genomic Selection, Targeted Genotyping, Next Generation Sequencing (NGS), Genotyping by Sequencing (GBS), Microarrays, Arrays, Genomic Library, Targeted Genotyping by Sequencing

The women of LGC, Biosearch Technologies

Posted on Fri, Mar 29, 2019 @ 09:24 AM

 We've heard it said for years, "TV will rot your brain". But in the case of our three colleagues below, that definitely wasn't the case. Shows like "Once upon a time...Life" and "3-2-1 Contact" sparked curiosity in our team members and set them on the path that eventually led them to LGC, Biosearch Technologies™. As we wrap up this month celebrating all the great women in science throughout history, we take a look at and salute a few of the trailblazing women here at LGC. 

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Topics: Genomics

Agrigenomics: how can NGS contribute to global food security?

Posted on Wed, Mar 06, 2019 @ 08:33 AM

“Experience of artificial fertilisation, such as is effected with ornamental plants in order to obtain new variations in colour, has led to the experiments which will here be discussed. The striking regularity with which the same hybrid forms always reappeared whenever fertilization took place between the same species induced further experiments to be undertaken.”1

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Topics: Agrigenomics, Genomics, Sequencing, KASP, Genomic Selection, Targeted Genotyping, Next Generation Sequencing (NGS), Genotyping by Sequencing (GBS), Microarrays, Crop Breeding

A way to prevent type 1 diabetes?

Posted on Wed, Feb 13, 2019 @ 08:08 AM

Blindness, cardiovascular disease, and stroke are all long-term health problems that can be caused by type 1 diabetes (T1D), a serious disease that typically manifests in children or adolescents. When the beta cells in the pancreas that produce insulin are destroyed, blood glucose levels become too high, and result in life-long dependence on daily insulin injections to control blood sugar levels.

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Topics: Genomics, Genotyping, Diabetes

How targeted GBS-driven genomic selection can help you get to market faster

Posted on Wed, Jan 16, 2019 @ 11:22 AM

Plant and animal breeding programs often take generations to improve quality and yield but using a genotyping protocol with targeted sequencing can bring you genetic gains faster. Could your plant- or animal breeding program use a boost?

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Topics: Genomics, Genomic Selection, Targeted Genotyping, Next Generation Sequencing (NGS), Genotyping by Sequencing (GBS), Animal Breeding, Genomic Library

Genomic selection: methods in crop and animal breeding

Posted on Wed, Jan 09, 2019 @ 08:48 AM

Genomic selection: 6 factors to consider when choosing between targeted GBS and microarrays

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Topics: Genomics, Sequencing, Targeted Genotyping

Our hungry planet: new tools in agrigenomics are key to food security

Posted on Tue, Dec 11, 2018 @ 08:32 AM

Food security is a major global threat and traditional methods of plant and animal breeding will not be sufficient to increase production to the level needed to sustain the growing world population. Modern genomics-driven breeding, through analysis based on technologies such as next generation sequencing (NGS) and arrays, is revolutionizing agriculture and making genomic selection a viable approach throughout the industry. In this three series blog post find out how technology is changing global food security and what the newest tools bring to the table.

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Topics: Agrigenomics, Genomic Selection, Targeted Genotyping, Next Generation Sequencing (NGS), Genotyping by Sequencing (GBS), Microarrays, Arrays

Accelerating rice improvement in South Asia

Posted on Thu, Jul 26, 2018 @ 09:26 AM

Diversity is the spice of life and is also key to breeding rice that delivers increased yields. Rice is a crucial staple food for about half a billion people in Asia, but it suffers from diseases that reduce yields, destroy harvests and put food security and livelihoods at risk. But there is hope - by tracking DNA markers of natural genetic variants through generations of crosses, breeders can identify better combinations that enrich crop vitality and resilience leading to more reliable and sustainable rice production.

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Topics: KASP

Revolutionising cancer treatment one Array at a time

Posted on Tue, Jul 10, 2018 @ 09:05 AM

While the science of pharmacogenomics has been around for years, its popularity is starting to pick up steam as precision medicine and how we treat individual patients becomes more and more common place in the medical world. Geneticists and doctors are fully embracing the fact that our individual genes make us all unique and that these genes hold clues to how each patient’s body will metabolise medications.

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Topics: Genomics, IntelliQube, Pharmacogenomics

Pack it up, pack it in, let me begin: A look at the future of DNA data storage

Posted on Thu, Jun 28, 2018 @ 09:13 AM

Imagine a time capsule the size of a shoebox that holds all the information currently on the internet that can be stored and accessed for hundreds and thousands of years 1. Sound like a scene straight out of a science fiction novel set in the year 3000? It’s not. Scientists are already working on cracking the code – binary code that is. DNA, is analogous to the binary code on your computer, so why not treat it as such?

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Topics: Genomics, DNA

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