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The Genome Analysis Centre (TGAC) is the first Institute in the UK to use a new bioinformatics processor called DRAGEN™, dramatically reducing genomic pipeline run times from hours to minutes. A collaboration between Edico Genome and TGAC resulted in the adaptation of the DRAGEN technology for analysing non-human genomes as part of the Institute’s endeavours to sequence the DNA of plant, animal and microbial species to promote a sustainable bioeconomy.

Demonstrator technology takes to the skies to collect data for field trials. Following the revelation that English Premiership football club Everton FC is using drones to monitor player training sessions, it seems there’s nothing these Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) aren’t being primed to do: everything from delivering post (and pizza!) to security, defence and recording home movies and major sporting events.

Biologists are looking to extract as much information as possible from small amounts of valuable biological material, and to understand biological responses at higher levels of resolution. TGAC has been working to reduce the input requirements for DNA and RNA sequencing projects down to the single-cell level by introducing the Fluidigm C1 single-cell system, FACs-in-a-petri CellSorter and the Labcyte Echo microscopic liquid handler.