Conference news

  • Broad highlights from AGBT 2011

    Haley Bridger, February 25th, 2011 | Filed under

    In the world of genome research, the annual Advances in Genome Biology and Technology (AGBT) meeting in Marco Island, Florida, is awaited with great anticipation: it is the time of year when companies often unveil the latest and greatest sequencing technologies that send ripples of excitement through the blogosphere.

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  • All creatures great and small, and furry and cold-blooded and fungal…

    Haley Bridger, January 14th, 2011 | Filed under

    This weekend, several Broad researchers will be in sunny San Diego (those of us in snowy Cambridge are a bit jealous…) presenting at the annual Plant and Animal Genome Conference. I caught up with a few researchers before they left to find out more about what they’ll be presenting.

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  • Beyond the Genome: Enough to make your skin crawl

    Haley Bridger, November 4th, 2010 | Filed under

    Julie Segre is interested in what makes us itch. Bringing together the fields of dermatology, immunology, and microbiology, Dr. Segre, a senior investigator at the National Human Genome Research Institute, is studying the relationship between people and the bacteria and other microscopic organisms (microbes) living on their skin. Dr. Segre, who spoke at this year’s “Beyond the Genome” conference here in Boston, is especially interested in people with eczema and the unique microbial populations they harbor.

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  • Beyond the Genome: Uncovering evolution’s driving forces in the human genome

    Leah Eisenstadt, November 3rd, 2010 | Filed under

    Last week, here on the blog we told you about some of the exciting results to come from the recently completed pilot phase of the 1000 Genomes Project. Scientists in the consortium sequenced several hundred genomes and captured even more of the variation among human genomes than had been previously known. The project aims to not only employ “next-generation” sequencing technologies at a scale never before achieved, it also aims to create the best map of human genetic variation so far.

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  • Beyond the Genome: New uses for DNA sequencers

    Leah Eisenstadt, November 2nd, 2010 | Filed under

    Once upon a time, sequencing the human genome took tens of millions of dollars and a warehouse full of DNA sequencing machines that analyzed samples throughout the day, and year after year. Now, less than a decade later, the same human genome sequence — the order of nucleotides or “letters” — can be generated using a single machine that analyzes samples for a few days, and for about 100-fold lower cost.

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  • ISMB Meeting: David Altshuler

    Anne Buboltz, July 13th, 2010 | Filed under

    The 18th Annual International Conference on Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology (ISMB) ended today, wrapping up three days of lectures and posters presented by some of the world’s finest computational and molecular biologists, mathematicians, computer scientists and statisticians.  

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  • ISMB meeting: Svante Pääbo

    Haley Bridger, July 12th, 2010 | Filed under

    This week, the 18th Annual International Conference on Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology (ISMB) meets in Boston, and Broad-minded bloggers are covering some of the talks. Jill Mesirov, the Broad Institute's director of computational biology and bioinformatics, is one of the co-chairs of the conference and Broad Institute core member David Altshuler will be one of the conference's keynote speakers.

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