This year’s meeting followed the true and tested script of past AGBT installments. Similarly to last year’s conference, the technological advancements seemed to have slowed and somewhat resulting in no breakthrough announcements, while a larger emphasis was put on the scientific talks. Software analysis announcements related to secondary and tertiary sequence data analysis solutions were almost not present.
Interestingly, the much liked software demo session was mostly reduced to three open source demonstrations and a demonstration of Optalysys, a light-based sequence alignment technology. Too bad, as the software demo part provided a great opportunity to get up to speed with the latest developments across the many commercial solutions Continue reading →
This past week, 850 researcher were traveling to Marco Island – despite snow storms and airport shutdowns – to mingle with like-minded, to hear about the latest advancements in sequencing technologies and software tool developments that address the sequencing analysis bottleneck, or perhaps simply to party for four consecutive days.
Four days of scientific talks, with 78 presenters
The talks were as usual of high caliber and a good mix of different applications and science:
One of my favorite real-life application was presented by Joe deRisi (UCSF): an encephalitis use case demonstrating the value of sequencing in delivering results quickly with the potential of saving lives. Continue reading →