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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Second Gen Sequencer Map and naming our generations properly

Yes, this is old news, but I've found myself searching for the second generation sequencing map that was started at seqanswers several times in the last few days. Just to make it even easier to find - and of course to give some positive publicity to a really cool project - here's the Google Maps based list of facilities that run second generation (Next-Generation) sequencing machines:

For the record, I understand a few places are missing, however. I hear there's some second-generation sequencing going on Alberta, which clearly hasn't appeared on the map yet.

And, as a foot note, now that I see other people have picked up on it and started calling "next-generation sequencing" the more appropriate label of "second generation sequencing" (e.g. here at nature), I'm going to drop next-gen as a label entirely. First-gen is sanger/dideoxy/capillary/etc, second-gen is pyrosequencing and the third gen is biotech-based (using cellular components such as DNA polymerases and the like). Lets end the confusion and name our generations accordingly, shall we?

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd say a lot of places are missing, not just a few! Surely there are many more places especially in Asia and Europe that aren't on the map yet.

September 30, 2009 8:00:00 PM PDT  

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