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AGBT13 Round-Up: Advances in Genome Biology and Technology | BenchTalk, Episode 11

The Advances in Genome Biology and Technology (AGBT) conference has been where the DNA sequencing industry has made major announcements, but 2013 was a relatively quiet year in that respect.

We speak with researchers Deanna Church and Jay Shendure to find out what this means for the future of genomics.

And in our science roundtable, science writers Sarah C.P. Williams and Ashley Yeager discuss AGBT13, sciquester, and our annual Science Grammy award.


Deanna Church is a staff scientist at the National Center for Biotechnology Information.
Jay Shendure is an associate professor of genome sciences at the University of Washington School of Medicine.
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
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Deanna Church

Jay Shendure
  • At the University of Washington, Jay Shendure's lab focuses on developing next-generation DNA sequencing and analysis techniques.
  • In a paper published in Genome Research in February 2013, Shendure and colleagues reported on the development of molecular inversion probes designed for targeted detection of rare genetic variants.


  • In an article published by BioTechniques in January 2013, Ashley Yeager took a look at whether or not genome interpretation methods are ready for the clinic or not..
  • In an article published by Nature in November 2012, Sarah C.P. Williams wrote about the difficulties of using exomes to find the genes associated with autism.


Podcast Date: March 01 2013 Run Time: 1.05.20
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