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Any use for a 20 base sequencer?

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  • Any use for a 20 base sequencer?

    Any use for it?
    Last edited by bios90; 02-24-2014, 09:04 PM. Reason: Could be proprietary information

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    Sequencing of medically-relevant SNPs. Each target is one or a few nucleotides, so a quick PCR and read-out would have a use. Maybe still not competitive if other platforms can do more at the same cost and speed.

    Expression analysis... just need a short tag of the transcript. miRNAs are short anyway. Local assembly could convert short reads into longer pseudoreads (see RAD PE assembly or Moleculo).
    Providing nextRAD genotyping and PacBio sequencing services. http://snpsaurus.com

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    • #3
      Probably not the best idea to publicize your PhD before it is complete...you don't want to get scooped.

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      • #4
        A key question to ask of your technology is how it will perform in the presence of a non-clonal DNA sample. Simplest case is an essentially 50:50 mixture (heterozygote), but for other applications could it detect either an infrequent allele or many mixed alleles.

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        • #5
          Yes, you could screen cell-free blood DNA for tumor alleles (at less than 1% frequency) if you had an excellent error rate and reduced the time for turning sample -> data.
          Providing nextRAD genotyping and PacBio sequencing services. http://snpsaurus.com

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          • #6
            And more importantly, how is this better than established array technology. FET sensing of hybridization has been published time and again over the past 10 years.

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