Alberta Focus: New Next-Generation Sequencing Services for the University of Calgary Community

October 7, 2012 at 3:42 pm Leave a comment

The Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute (ACHRI) and its Genomics and Bioinformatics Facility are proud to be announcing the acquisition of a new Ion Torrent Personal Genome Machine (PGM).

The Ion Torrent PGM can be used for rapid whole genome sequencing of microbial or other small genomes. This innovative semiconductor-based sequencing instrument allows production of up to 1 billion base-pairs (1 Gb) of sequence in a single 4 hour run.

This new instrument complements the large-scale genome sequencing capacity of the ACHRI Genomics and Bioinformatics Facility by providing a faster, lower-cost technology suitable for small projects requiring between 50 million and 1 billion base-pairs of sequencing (three differently sized sequencing chips are available). It also provides the research community with much longer read-lengths (200 or 300 bp) than what is available using the 5500xl instruments. (50 – 75bp).With the PGM, the university will have a platform ideally suited for rapidly sequencing whole microorganism genomes or panels of multiple disease genes. 

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