From Honey Bees to Hearts - Keep Track of the Latest in NGS
News Sep 24, 2014
Integrated DNA Technologies (IDT) invites researchers to join their upcoming free symposium on October 8th from 9am-5pm. Taking place in Iowa city’s hotelVetro, leading experts from a range of areas throughout life science will share how they have applied NGS technologies.
At the rate NGS is evolving, it can be challenging to keep track of the latest innovations, and through seminar talks and poster presentations, the symposium presents the ideal opportunity for researchers to keep their knowledge up to date.
Bringing together such a diverse group of researchers in the field of NGS also presents a unique chance for thought-provoking discussions and potential collaborations - perhaps even sparking new avenues of exploration.
While NGS is already generating results in the clinical setting, researchers are also busy making use of NGS to enhance human health and well-being in other ways - such as providing insights into antibiotic resistance and vitamin production, enhancing food safety and improving crop yield.
Reflecting such diversity, the symposium’s guest speakers include Director of Iowa State University’s Plant Sciences Institute, Professor Patrick Schnable, and associate professor of pharmacology Dr Anne Kwitek from the University of Iowa, who specializes in cardiology.
Dr Matt McNeill from the University of Illinois will also be discussing his research into neuronal mechanisms of foraging honey bees.
In a new study in cells, University of Illinois researchers have adapted CRISPR gene-editing technology to cause the cell’s internal machinery to skip over a small portion of a gene when transcribing it into a template for protein building. This gives researchers a way not only to eliminate a mutated gene sequence, but to influence how the gene is expressed and regulated.
Researchers published today a detailed description of the complete genome of bread wheat, the world's most widely-cultivated crop. This work will pave the way for the production of wheat varieties better adapted to climate challenges, with higher yields, enhanced nutritional quality and improved sustainability.