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2 research facilities awarded technology seeding grants
Date:12/16/2011

The Ontario Genomics Institute (OGI) has awarded two research facilities with $10,000 each to test or develop leading-edge technologies to better aid the work of Ontario researchers.

The two recipients are The Centre for Applied Genomics (TCAG), part of The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto and a Genome Canada Science and Technology Innovation Centre, and StemCore Laboratories based at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute. Both technology seeding grants will benefit the advancement of Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) methods.

Dr. Stephen Scherer, Director of TCAG at SickKids and the University of Toronto's McLaughlin Centre, will be comparing methods that enable genome enrichment and exome capture. Exome sequencing, focused on sequencing the coding regions of the genome, has become a popular method for the identification of rare Mendelian genetic disorders using short-read, high-throughput NGS technologies. As the human exome comprises only about one to two percent of the whole genome, enough coverage can be obtained with less sequencing, hence reducing costs and having analysis completed in less time.

Dr. Scherer will examine two kits Illumina's TruSeq Exome Enrichment Kit and Life Tech TargetSeq Exome Enrichment kit. By evaluating the performance of both kits, the team will be able to provide better guidance to scientists in Ontario and further afield in choosing the most appropriate product and approach depending on the goals of each project and the amount of actual coverage and uniformity obtained for candidate genes.

The second recipient is Pearl Campbell at StemCore Labs who will be optimizing ChIP-Seq methods, which allows for clearer examination of protein interaction sites, important in understanding gene expression.

The team will undertake a systematic examination of the ChIP-Seq library construction protocol to optimize the amount of usable data that can be obtained from each ex
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Contact: Alastair Harris-Cartwright
aharriscartwright@ontariogenomics.ca
416-673-6582
Ontario Genomics Institute
Source:Eurekalert

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