Tag Archive: DNA sequencing

Jan 18

Helping to feed the world with Genotyping by Sequencing

Many areas critical to improved agricultural production require robust and scalable genotyping platforms to enable the mapping of traits in plants and livestock as part of marker assisted selection (MAS) and marker assisted breeding (MAB) programmes. Such programmes have helped improved drought, frost and parasite resistance in plants and improved yields. Historically, these projects have …

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Jan 11

SSR conversion service: a convenient upgrade for 21st century challenges of how to feed the world

LGC’s recent launch of a full SSR conversion service allows convenient identification of potential SNP markers around microsatellites/SSR’s and converts them to KASP SNP genotyping assays. The SNP conversion will be carried out by the genomics team in Berlin who have recently topped their DNA sequencing services for the seventh time in nine years. SSRs …

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May 28

Anti-microbial resistance: the importance of measurement accuracy

Imagine a world in which your morning shave or an afternoon pottering in the garden poses a major risk to your life. Or the medical breakthroughs that have led to organ transplantation and cancer treatment are no longer viable and no treatment exists. This could be a reality if the “ticking time bomb” of anti-microbial …

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May 11

Hot off the press: Catalyst newsletter is out now

Have you ever wondered about the causes of water pollution or how we can find a solution to drug resistant diseases? To learn about these and other measurement issues, download the latest issue of Catalyst, a newsletter which brings you highlights of LGC’S activities as a designated National Measurement Institute (NMI) under the UK National …

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Dec 23

Early success for the African Orphan Crops Consortium

The African Orphan Crops Consortium (AOCC) is an international effort to improve the nutrition, productivity and climatic adaptability of some of Africa’s most important food crops, helping to decrease the malnutrition and stunting rife among the continent’s rural children. It includes the African Union – New Partnership for Africa’s Development; LGC; Mars; Google; ICRAF; BGI; …

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Oct 24

How genomics helped determine the roots of the potato blight

Recently, a team of international scientists have used DNA sequencing to effectively determine the cause of the Irish potato famine. Having been introduced to Europe in the sixteenth century from Peru, the potato soon became an important food staple that played a major role in the 19th century population boom in Europe. The Europeans propagated …

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