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BenchTalk, Episode 1: AGBT 2012 Round-up

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In this episode, Mark Adams from the J. Craig Venter Institute joins host Andrew Wiecek to discuss the announcement from this year's Advances in Genome Biology and Technology conference. Also, our science roundtable with science writers Sarah C.P. Williams and Ashley Yeager.

Featured in this Episode
Mark Adams is the current scientific director for the J. Craig Venter Institute where he manages the institute's scientific research programs.
Sarah C.P. Williams is a freelance science writer based out of Kailua, Hawaii. You can follow her latest work at
Ashley Yeager works in the Office of News and Communications at Duke University and is also a freelance science writer. You can follow her at
Andrew S. Wiecek is news editor at BioTechniques and host of the monthly podcast BenchTalk.You can follow him at
Episode Notes & Links

Mark Adams Interview

  • At the Advances in Genome Biology and Technology meeting last month, Oxford Nanopore Technologies unveiled two new DNA sequencing systems.
  • In January, Ion Torrent announced a new sequencing platform designed to sequence a human genome for $1000 in hours.
  • In a January 2012 feature article, we look at how DNA analysis and storage is adapting in anticipation of the post-$1000 genome world.

Science Roundtable

  • In January, Sarah covered the laungh of the Alignathon competition, which will compare genome alignment programs, for BioTechniques.
  • Last month, Sarah wrote about a new algorithm that will improve the comparison of sequence assembly methods.
  • Last month, Ashley reported on a new method to isolate genomes in metagenomes.
  • Earlier this month, Ashley wrote about researchers studying how microbes adapat to their environments.

Podcast Date: March 19 2012 Run Time: 37:00
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