Friday, 28 July 2017

What would YOU do with six billion sequencing reads?

The Ramaciotti Centre for Genomics, where we get all the sequencing done for the BABS Genome, is holding a competition to win a full sequencing run on their new NovaSeq 6000. This is one of the technologies we are using for our snake genomes - in fact, our three tiger snakes were part of the very first sequencing run on the new machine.

The capacity of this thing is awesome. In addition to the three snake samples, we had three cane toads as part of the ongoing [cane toad genome project] and, for a control, sequenced one of our yeast strains about 10,000 times!

The Competition

NovaSeq Mini Grant – How would you use 3 billion reads?

To celebrate the opening of our new genomics facility we are pleased to announce a mini grant valued up to $28,000. Researchers with innovative, collaborative projects are invited to submit a 250-word application outlining how 3 billion reads can be utilised to advance their research. The winner will receive an Illumina NovaSeq 6000 S2 100bp PE run (up to 3.3B reads/660Gb), with heavily subsidised library construction. Submit your entry by completing an application form and emailing it to with the subject heading “NovaSeq mini grant”. Terms and conditions apply.

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