Science Magazine recently published a feature article about how technologies such as the Echo Liquid Handlers are replacing human scientists to make processes more automated and efficient. Describing the lab at Labcyte customer Zymergen, a synthetic biology company in Emeryville, CA, the author writes “Instead of using a pipette to suck up and squirt microliters of liquid into each well – a tidal wave of volume on the cellular scale – the robot never touches it. Instead, 500 times per second, a pulse of sound waves causes the liquid itself to ripple and launch a droplet a thousand times smaller than one a human can transfer.”
In a recent Mendelspod podcast, you can hear an interview with Labcyte customer Dr. Rob Knight about progress in understanding the microbiome. Dr. Knight, Professor and Founder of the Center for Microbiome Innovation at UC San Diego, is well known for his microbiome research, including work showing that the microbiome of lean mice differed from those of obese mice.
We recently moved into a new 60,000 square foot facility in San Jose, effectively doubling our space and allowing all of our Northern California-based employees to be working under one roof.
The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute is one of the premier centers of genomic discovery and understanding in the world. The Institute is part of the Wellcome Genome Campus located in Cambridge, UK. Dr. Stephan Lorenz, Head of the Single Cell Genomics Core Facility spoke at our Edinburgh Genomics Symposium about their work in single cell analysis. In his talk, Dr. Lorenz provides an overview of the workflows used at the facility for isolating cells, amplifying RNA and DNA, library preparation and sequencing. He uses a mouse embryonic stem cell case study to demonstrate their approach. This study investigated the subpopulation structure and the effects of different induced cell differentiation and pluripotency stages on the heterogeneity of gene expression. Dr. Lorenz illustrates how single cell transcriptome sequencing increases the resolution and enables cycling of cells between distinct developmental subpopulations to be observed.
Congrats to Jasmine Temple and the team at New York University for winning first place in the 3rd Annual American Society for Microbiology (ASM) 2017 Agar Art Competition! According to an ASM press release, the first place winner drew her inspiration from seeing the summer sunset in Montauk for the first time. “I was struck by the beauty of the sunset and I thought of how beautiful it would be in the pink, blue and purple yeast strains,” said Jasmine Temple, Research Technician at New York University Lagone Medical Center, Institute for Systems Genetics.
The Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics at the Oxford Genomics Centre is a core facility that provides a high-throughput genomics and bioinformatics services. Dr. Paolo Piazza, section leader for Library Prep and Process, recently spoke at the Labcyte Genomics Symposium about automated solutions for sequencing facilities.
The John Innes Centre in Norwich, UK, presented information about the Engineering Nitrogen Symbiosis for Africa (ENSA) project at our recent Genomics Symposium in Edinburgh. The aim of the projects, according to Dr. Andy Breakspear, is to integrate the molecular pathways from legumes into cereal crops for better affordability and sustainability.