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Tackling food crisis through cost effective, target enriched sequencing

Posted on Wed, Dec 13, 2017 @ 08:07 AM

With the global population predicted to reach 9 billion people within the next 35 years, we will need to double the annual yield increases to avoid the impending food crisis. This challenge is exacerbated by unseasonal climate fluctuations that can destroy entire harvests – even in modern agricultural settings.

Rewind to last summer in the U.S., when southern-grown peaches are usually at their most delicious. But not last year - many U.S. farmers have faced a peach crisis. In South Carolina alone, as much as 90 percent of the crop had disappeared. In Georgia, often known as the Peach State, a similar story appeared.

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Topics: Agrigenomics, Genomics, Genomic Selection, SeqSNP

New SNPs identified in the hunt for new genetic weapons targeting leaf rust in wheat

Posted on Tue, Nov 21, 2017 @ 09:25 AM

Wheat is one of the three most important crops for human and livestock feed. With an ever-increasing global population, the pressure is on to increase cereal crop production as a solution to feed the world. It has been estimated that by 2030 demand on cereal production will increase by 50%. This means it is essential that scientists and breeders alike strive to maximise its growing potential.

Satisfying the growing global demand for wheat is thrown into difficulties by the crop's vulnerability to pests and disease. To combat these issues, scientists and wheat breeders are working to develop crops with improved key traits including: Read More

Topics: Agrigenomics, Genomics, KASP

Super-crops helping to feed Africa

Posted on Fri, Nov 03, 2017 @ 09:08 AM

Our world population is growing at a tremendous rate and by 2050, Africa’s population alone is set to hit over 2.5 billion. This puts unprecedented pressure on our food supply chains. Fortunately there are projects such as the African Orphan Crops Consortium (AOCC) that are looking to help seed breeders deliver improved crops to the continent.

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Topics: Agrigenomics, Genomics, KASP

How genotyping is aiding in the fight against malaria

Posted on Wed, Sep 20, 2017 @ 08:11 AM

3.2 billion people across 106 countries and territories, live in areas at risk of malaria transmission. The serious and sometime fatal mosquito-borne disease is caused by the Plasmodium parasite – in 2015, malaria caused 212 million clinical episodes, and 429,000 deaths.

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Topics: Genomics, IntelliQube, Genotyping, Malaria

Liquid dispensing microtiter plates in less than 45 seconds

Posted on Thu, Aug 10, 2017 @ 08:03 AM

Manually dispensing reagents is time consuming and tiring, with fatigue and pressure leading to errors that render data unusable. This can lead to costly rework and laborious troubleshooting exercises.

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Topics: Announcement, Genomics

Lunch & Learn: Stellaris RNA FISH

Posted on Thu, Jul 06, 2017 @ 08:07 AM

Recently LGC Genomics hosted a lunch and learn Stellaris® seminar at the Helen Diller Cancer Institute at UCSF with our very own R&D Scientist Dr.Hans Johansson who lead the discussion about the various applications of Stellaris fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH).

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Topics: Genomics, Stellaris

Stem cell research and genomic initiatives highlighted at DNA Day celebration

Posted on Tue, May 09, 2017 @ 08:42 AM

International DNA day celebrates the successful completion of the Human Genome Project in 2003 and the discovery of DNA's double helix in 1953. In celebration of DNA day, Dr. Karen Ring of the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) came to speak at the Novato GMP facility to highlight the advances made in stem cell research and CIRM’s recently funded genomics initiative. The talk, both inspirational and illuminating, was also a great reminder that the oligonucleotides we manufacture have a wide range of applications in basic and translational research.

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Topics: Genomics

It’s official! Personal Health becomes first China demonstration laboratory site for LGC’s Nexar System

Posted on Wed, May 03, 2017 @ 07:05 AM

LGC's Genomics Division has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Chinese health management expert Personal Health to establish a genotyping research partnership. The partnership will see Personal Health become the first “LGC Douglas Scientific® High-Throughput Genotyping Demo Lab” in China.

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Topics: Announcement, Genomics, High-Throughput

Overcoming drought-intolerance in maize to feed the growing Asian population

Posted on Wed, Feb 15, 2017 @ 07:53 AM

 

Demand for maize is increasing due to an increased number of people transitioning to meat-based diets driving demand for animal feed. Drought has been identified as the number one factor in impacting maize yields in the region. Over 80% of maize grown in tropical Asia is rainfed, leaving the 19 million hectares of maize subject to stress caused by variations in monsoon rains. As such, maize is a good point of reference when thinking about the importance of production of drought-tolerant crops (Zaidi, et al., 2016).

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Topics: Genomics, Genotyping, KASP

Automate to Accelerate and Scale-up SNP-based Genotyping Workflows!

Posted on Thu, Feb 02, 2017 @ 07:14 AM

The advent of and ongoing improvements to next-generation sequencing technologies is driving the continuing and extensive discovery of single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in a wide range of species. As a consequence of their large numbers and genome-wide distribution, SNPs are the molecular marker of choice in plant, animal, and human genetic research.

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Topics: Genomics, SLAS2017

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