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== BioMicro Center News ==
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== JANUARY 9, 2013 ==
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=== OCTOBER 2014 ===
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Happy new years to everyone. A couple new things happening in BioMicro that we want to make everyone aware of. <BR><BR>
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A number of very important announcements from BioMicro Center this month. More details are on our website.<BR>
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First, this month begins a year long experiment in joining the BioMicro Center Informatics team and the KI Bioinformatics and Computing Core in to a single team. Our two teams have been collaborating for several years, sharing computational infrastructure, etc. but this year we will be formalizing and expanding the relationship with the goal of creating a more efficient unified core. Informatics analysis requests should still be sent to Charlie Whittaker or to myself as usual, but will be spread across the joint team based on expertise and on availability. You are also, as always, welcome to contact any of the informatics scientists directly. We hope this will allow us to reduce waiting times and to keep costs under control.  <BR><BR>
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* We have added our newest sequencer: The [[BioMicroCenter:Sequencing#NextSeq|Illumina NextSeq500.]] The NextSeq is built as a very powerful MiSeq; using a single sample flowcell and processing a base every 5 minutes, but produces 400m reads per run.  The system can produce 30x mammalian genomes in a couple days with read lengths up to 150 paired end. The NextSeq was funded by Doug Laufenburger, Penny Chisholm, the KI and the Dept of Biology. Note: Long single and paired end reads will be given priority on the NextSeq.
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During the trial period (and hopefully going forward), pricing for informatics will be available in two flavors. First, for projects needing routine work, the subsidized rate will be $70/h for all CORE members (Biology, BE, KI, CEHS). For more involved projects, we have second option to purchase a “share” of the informatics team. This is an annual commitment for a fraction of an informaticist and will cost $960/mo for an average of 4h/week of informatics support. The monthly usage levels do not have to be exact and can be used in large blocks. The hours in the share can be used with any member of the team and the informaticist can vary from project to project. <BR><BR>
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* This month we are rolling out our newest library prep service – [[BioMicroCenter:Nextera|automated NexteraXT.]] Available in batches of 16 samples, prep includes quantification, library preparation, indexing, quality control and pooling.  
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Finally, and importantly, we will be changing the way we are storing Illumina sequencing data long term. In the past, we have saved the fastq, sam and bam files, along with the quality control data, in a zipped file. These zipped files now occupy over 50TB of storage which is limiting  how we are able to handle new sequencing runs. To address this, we will be deleting the fastq and sam files from the archive and storing only the binary bam and quality control files. The fastq and sam files can be regenerated rapidly from the bam files using Picard and SamTools (though reads may not be in the same order). As always, we strongly encourage you to keep your own copy of the Illumina data and use our version only as a backup. We will begin this conversion next week.
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* '''November 1st''' we will be beginning our [https://mit-ki.ilabsolutions.com iLabs roll out.] On that day all walk up service calendars will be moved from openwetware and google calendar to iLabs. Please take the next few weeks to visit the lab and learn about the system.  
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If you have any concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.
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* [[BioMicroCenter:PacBio|Pacific Biosciences]] will be presenting the Technology Seminar Series on '''October 22nd''' . We now provide PacBIo Service in the BioMicro Center using the RSII located at U.Mass Medical Center in Worcester.  
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* On this Friday, '''October 17th''', The BioMicro Center will be closed for a lab clean up. We will be making available consumables and equipment that are no longer useful for the core at 3PM. Please stop by and take anything useful before we dispose it.  
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=== AUGUST 2014 ===
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We have set up a collaboration with the University of Massachusetts Medical Center Deep Sequencing Core Facility to provide Pacific Biosciences seqeucning to MIT users. We will be providing initial library preparation and quality control before sending the samples out to Worcester for sequencing. Completed sequence data will be returned through your BioMicro Center public folders. More details about PacBio sequencing can be found on our website.<BR><BR>
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The Illumina pipeline has been upgraded to version 1.3. This upgrade includes quality control metrics for RNAseq and paired end reads as well as some changes under the hood to speed up data delivery. These quality control metrics are dependant on genome alignment, so will not be produced for samples aligned to phiX.<BR><BR>
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Most of the price increases scheduled for the next fiscal year have been cancelled. We will be re-evaluating the rates in 6 month increments to ensure we remain within our mandated budget constraints.<BR><BR>
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Our new co-op students, Austin Hendricks and Adam Perez have joined us and will be working in the Center through December.
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The following packages have been added or updated on ROUS in the past few months:
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* trinityrnaseq: r20140413p1
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* bedtools: 2.20.1
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* bowtie2: 2.2.3
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* tophat: 2.0.12
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* rsem: 1.2.15
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* fastqc: 0.11.2
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* bwa: 0.7.10
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* pear: 0.9.4
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* perl: 5.20.0
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* samtools: 1.0
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Older versions can still be selected using the module function.  We’ve also created a new mailing list rous_active_users@mit.edu to help keep folks who use Rous regularly up to date. You can sign up for it using Moira.
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== OCTOBER 9, 2012 ==
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=== MAY 2014 ===
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A quick, almost all Illumina, update:<BR><BR>
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Some quick bullet pointed updates from BioMicro. We’re in the middle of rolling out several new initiatives right now that will hopefully be in the July newsletter.
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* We are now offering sample prep using the [[BioMicroCenter:Nextera|Nextera XT]] system from Illumina. This modification of the Nextera uses only 1ng of input DNA (instead of the typical 50ng) and is significantly less expensive. Tuning it for insert size is somewhat more challenging than standard Nextera and so it should not be used where insert size is critical.
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* [[BioMicroCenter:PricingFY2015|Pricing for 2015]] is up on our website. There is a link at the bottom of the pricing page.
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* The Wafergen system is no longer available in the BioMicro Center. There is a system at Children’s Hospital if you absolutely need the Wafergen system. Most applications can also be done on the [[BioMicroCenter:RTPCR|Fluidigm BioMark]], which we still have in the lab.
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* This month, we say goodbye to Scott Morin who will be leaving for medical school. Leigh Manley, who has transferred over from the Biopolymer core, will be taking over Illumina processing.
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* Finally, the BioMicro Center will be shifting over to iLabs in the coming months. We are still early in the process but we would encourage everyone to [https://mit-ki.ilabsolutions.com/account/login register for iLabs] to help smooth the transition.
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First, the Illumina loaner [[BioMicroCenter:Sequencing#HiSeq_2000|HiSeq]] is now up and running and we are running at full speed. Our last full flowcell in the queue is loading this week so we should finally be back to normal (hopefully).  We cannot prevent instrument failure but at least any issues should have less of a negative impact for the 6 weeks or so while the loaner is here (in other words, if you have time sensitive samples, now is the time to get them in).<BR><BR>
 
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Second, our [[BioMicroCenter:Sequencing#MiSeq|MiSeq]] is scheduled for its upgrade in the next two weeks. This will make two changes. First, the number of reads per run will increase significantly – from ~5m to ~15m. Secondly, the upgrade will add a third tier of read lengths – 500nt. The 500nt run will cost a few hundred more than the 300nt run and will take a second day, but will give us read lengths longer than anything else in the BioMicro Center.<BR><BR>
 
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Third, Illumina is having a user meeting on Thursday over at the [http://whereis.mit.edu/?go=L11 Hyatt]. The meeting is likely to be at least moderately technical but is free if you are interested in going. Registration is at: http://eventregistration.illumina.com/d/scqsm0/4W<BR><BR>
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=== MARCH 2014 ===
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A couple highlights of things going on in the center.
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* We are resuming the [[BioMicroCenter:Technology_Seminar_Series|Technology Seminar Series]] this week with Roche speaking on Wednesday at lunch. The talk will focus on non-standard applications of the Light Cycler (SNP detection, etc).
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* The Fraenkel lab has very kindly donated their [[BioMicroCenter:Covaris|Covaris sonicator]] to the core and we will be putting it under a service contract. We will need to put in place a small fee to cover the cost of the contract - likely starting in July. Training for new users will be available through [[BioMicroCetner:People|Shmulik]].
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* We’ve generally had positive feedback about our new AA/BioA form and we’re expanding the new excel forms to include Illumina sequencing. [[BioMicroCenter:Forms|This new form will cover most types of sample preparation.]]
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* Illumina is raising the prices on all of their sequencing reagents starting April 1. We lowered our prices very aggressively last year so, in order to break even, [[BioMicroCenter:Pricing#SEQUENCING|we will have adjust our prices slightly higher.]]
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  "The Boston User Group Meeting: Continuing advances in Illumina’s genomic analysis technologies are rapidly changing the way scientists
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=== JANUARY, 2014 ===
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  in a variety of disciplines approach their research. Through a series of local user group meetings, Illumina is providing an opportunity
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I hope everyone had a fantastic holiday. We have several updates to let you know about. Since there are a few more than usual, I’m just going to give you the bullet list which you can check out on our website.
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  for our customers to showcase their research as well as a forum to discuss protocol optimization and bioinformatics solutions. Additionally,  
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  you will hear about the latest updates to our products and enhancements to the Illumina Next Generation Sequencing workflow, as well as have
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  the opportunity to interact with key vendors who provide products that support the NGS workflow.  Continental breakfast, breaks, and lunch
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  will be provided."
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Finally, a couple quicker notes:
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* Upgrade the [[BioMicroCenter:Software#BMC-BCC_Pipeline|basic analysis pipeline for Illumina]] – corrects some bugs, mostly with data overwrite problems, improves speed and provides more QC data, including GC bias checks on all HiSeq runs.
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* New Co-op students -  [[BioMicroCenter:People|Ani Webb and Sam Kaplan]] started this week.
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* New protocol for the Advanced Analytical allows us to do [[BioMicroCenter:Advanced_analytical_Fragment_analyzer|picoRNA]] samples on the machine. This cuts the cost of the analysis in half. We can still do the analysis on the BioAnalyzer if you prefer.
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* If you run a lot of AA samples, you can lower your cost significantly by submitting the samples preloaded in a plate for the machine (contact us at biomicro@mit.edu if you are interested in this).
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* Testing out a [[BioMicroCenter:Forms|new sample submission form]] based on Excel instead of Word. We’re piloting it with the BioAnalyzer form.
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* We’re also trying to improve communication by sending database snapshots to users doing Illumina sequencing to make sure we have all the data entered correctly.
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* Data storage costs have gone down significantly to [[BioMicroCenter:Pricing|$280/TB/y]]
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* There are several IAP sessions highlighting software packages available from the MIT libraries. These include [ http://student.mit.edu/searchiap/iap-BD6D0CF8E096B284E0400312852F4A61.html Ingenuity Pathway Analysis,] [http://student.mit.edu/searchiap/iap-BD6D0CF8DC3DB284E0400312852F4A61.html GeneGO,] and our own [http://student.mit.edu/searchiap/iap-9289af8d41aa4e8e01425c9c633508c6.html training session on using Rous]
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* We frequently update our [[BioMicroCenter:Forms|forms]] on the website (and not the file name). We typically do this after there has been some kind of communication based error. For submissions, please make sure you have the most recent one by downloading them regularly.
 
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* We have a position open in the lab for a technical assistant. If you know anyone who you think would be a good fit for the BioMicro Center who is looking for a position, please ask them to [http://sh.webhire.com/servlet/av/jd?ai=631&ji=2645644&sn=I apply (mit-00009096)].
 
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== SEPTEMBER 19, 2012 ==
 
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We hope everyone had a great summer. A couple of updates for you:<BR><BR>
 
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First, and most importantly, I know a lot of you have been affected by very long Illumina turnaround times for HiSeq samples, and especially those for long reads. Our HiSeq has had a very large run of failures this summer and it is affecting everyone. Short reads have been able to sneak through between the failures, so the problem is not quite as bad there, but we have been working very hard with Illumina to get the HiSeq back running efficiently. I can finally report some good news on this front. First, Illumina is shipping us a second HiSeq this week to help us clear through the back log.  In addition, we are enormously grateful to the Biopolymer core at the KI which has taken several of our backlogged flowcells and is helping us work through the queue. Hopefully, these changes will allow us to get on top of our queue and get sequencing turn around back to where it should be. <BR><BR>
 
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On a more positive note, we have been able to significantly increase our throughput in quality control for Illumina over the past few months. First, we have begun using the Advanced Analytical Fragment Analyzer (donated by the Dept. of Biology) to replace the Agilent Bioanalyzer for Illumina libraries. The fragment analyzer uses capillary electrophoresis to measure fragment length and quantity of DNA and RNA molecules much the same way the BioAnalyzer does. However, unlike the bioanalyzer, it can run unattended, allowing us to process more samples per day. It also appears to have a lower failure rate and a broader dynamic range, both key elements in our analysis. In addition, through a collaboration with the new KI High Throughput Screening Core, we have been able to automate our qPCR analysis using the Tecan systems in the BioMicro Center. This is enabling us to run 384 well qPCRs in a much less labor intensive manner while maintaining high quality. We’re still recalibrating our cluster densities using the Tecans but we are very close to having the last few details ironed out. <BR><BR>
 
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Couple of other quick notes:
 
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- We’ve had a few additions to our staff with Scott Morin joining us as a technical assistant, replacing Kevin Thai, and Margaret Minnig and Kate Tracka joining us from Northeastern for the summer / fall.
 
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- The Technology Seminar Series will resume in the spring. We have been too focused on the Illumina issues to schedule the vendors this fall.
 
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== JUNE 5, 2012 ==
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== ABOUT THE BIOMICRO CENTER ==
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A couple major Illumina announcements to begin with. First, thanks to the generosity of Dr. Chris Love, the BioMicro Center now has an Illumina MiSeq available. The MiSeq is Illumina’s newest sequencer and is optimized for speed and long read lengths. The MiSeq flowcell contains a single lane with 5 million clusters. While this is well below the 200m reads per lane on the HiSeq, the small surface area enables it to run much faster with a cycle taking only 5 minutes. This means that a 150+150 paired end run can be done in a little over a day, instead of requiring two weeks or more of sequencing. The MiSeq is ideal for applications that do not require enormous read depth, such as microRNA analysis, resequencing of small genomes, barcode sequencing or sequencing amplicons. There are a number of caveats about the MiSeq that can impact your experiment, most notably that there is no separate control lane which means you need to be more careful about base balance, and we are happy to talk with you more about it.<BR><BR>
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The second announcement is about our venerable GAIIs. As some of you may have noticed, submitting samples for the GAII has been an exercise in extreme patience as we have struggled to fill flowcells due to low demand. The addition of the MiSeq, and some fantastic efforts by Michael Gravina in the lab, has enabled us to rework how we are processing GAII flowcells. We have been able to create partial flowcells on the GAII by altering recipes and making a few minor “modifications”. This has allowed us to move from a model like the HiSeq, where we need a full flowcell before we run, to a model where we can run as soon as the samples pass quality control, more like the MiSeq. However, unlike the MiSeq, we can run multiple lanes at once. Also, running partial flowcells means we can skip parts of the imaging time which does speed up the sequencing (though not to the level of the MiSeq). Some critical caveats: First, these methods are not supported by Illumina, so we cannot offer to replace failed runs. Second, unlike the HiSeq, the PhiX lane is *not* included. You must choose to sequence a lane of PhiX if you want to do control normalization. Finally, this service is completely "a la carte" so the pricing schema is quite different. To go along with these changes, [[BioMicroCenter:Sequencing|we have completely reworked the Illumina page on our website]], so take a look there for more information about the MiSeq, the new GAII methods and pricing.<BR><BR>
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The MIT BioMicro Center was founded in 2000 as the core bio-fabrication and microarray processing facility at MIT. The Center is a joint endeavor between the [http://biology.mit.edu Department of Biology], the [http://ki.mit.edu Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research], the [http://be.mit.edu Department of Biological Engineering] and the [http://cehs.mit.edu MIT Center for Environmental Health Sciences.] The BioMicro Center offers a wide range of genomic services to researchers at MIT. The majority of services rendered pertain to massively parallel sequencing using the Illumina platform (both library preparation and sequencing). Commercial array processing and include both the Affymetrix Gene Chip and Agilent DNA array platforms are also part of our portfolio. Real-time PCR and Agilent BioAnalyzer services are available in the facility both as services available to researchers, as well as for quality control of microarray and sequencing samples. In addition, the Center has a presence in high-throughput screening with robotics and plate reading as well as informatics and computational support. The BioMicro Center serves the [http://ki.mit.edu Koch Institute] as the [http://ki.mit.edu/sbc/microarray MicroArray Technologies Core] and as part of the [http://ki.mit.edu/sbc/bioinformatics Bioinformatics and Computing Core] and the [http://cehs.mit.edu MIT Center for Environmental Health Sciences] as part of the [http://cehs.mit.edu/facilities.html#Genomics_and_Bioinformatics_Core Genomics and Imaging Core]<BR><BR>
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A couple quick final announcements:
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* Pricing for the next fiscal year is now on the [[BioMicroCenter:PricingFY2013|Website]]. Prices have generally moved lower, though there are slightly higher prices in a few areas.
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* The BioMicro Center will be running on a skeleton staff the week of June 11th (the week of the Building 68 retreat and the KI symposium). There will be some staff on hand but our throughput will be significantly lower than normal.  
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* Finally, last month we said goodbye to Barbara Karamapalas who has been running our automation efforts. Stuart Levine will be handling the Tecans while we are looking for a replacement. We will also be having more turnover in the next couple months as well. Our current co-op, Linda Nguyen, will be leaving at the end of June to return to Northeastern and Kevin Thai will be stepping down in July to take a little bit of time off before he returns to MIT as a graduate student. We wish them all the best of luck and we’re looking very aggressively for their replacements!
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Experimental and analytical work done in the BioMicro Center is funded by the NIH and must be made available through the NIH's open access policy. All Koch Institute and CEHS labs '''must''' acknowledge their core grants for work done in the core with the following language.
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* KI ''"This work was funded by the National Cancer Institute of the NIH under award P30-CA14051"''
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* [[BioMicroCenter:CEHS13|CEHS]] ''"This work was funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences of the NIH under award P30-ES002109"''
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== APRIL 19, 2012 ==
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== PUBLICATIONS ==
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There have been a large number of changes in BioMicro to catch you up on in several different areas since my last newsletter. First, I need to begin by introducing Shmulik Motola, our new lab manager. Shmulik has been on board for several months now and is coordinating the flow of projects through the lab. Shmulik did his graduate work at the Weizmann Institute and was a Postdoctoral Associate in Dr. Ernest Fraenkel’s lab here at MIT. Shmulik is the go to person for questions you have about the status of your projects, Illumina queue times, etc. and can also help you with experimental design (shmulikm@mit.edu)
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'''2014'''<BR><BR>
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#Paper1 pmid=24501120 <!- RPA Walker->
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#Paper2 pmid=24501121 <!- RPA Walker->
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#Paper3 pmid=24249727 <!- VB Saeij->
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#Paper4 pmid=24757057 <!- RPA.VB Samson->
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#Paper5 pmid=24763590 <!- HD Chisholm->
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#Paper6 pmid=24899568  <!- VB.SL Dedon->
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#Paper7 pmid=24931974 <!- VB Burge->
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#Paper8 pmid=24413286 <!- RPA.SL Tannenbaum Fox->
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#Paper9 pmid=25333635 <!- VB.SL Boyer->
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#Paper10 pmid=25197050 <!- JW.CW Amon->
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#Paper11 pmid=25037231 <!- CW Hynes->
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#Paper12 pmid=25337879 <!- AJ Jacks->
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#Paper13 pmid=24954536 <!- AJ Jacks2->
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#Paper14 pmid=24788094 <!- AJ Sharp->
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#Paper15 pmid=24711431 <!- AJ Jacks3->
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#Paper16 pmid=24630729 <!- AJ Jacks4->
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#Paper17 pmid=25477501 <!- VB Boyer2->
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Second, we have expanded our equipment repertoire with the purchase of a Sage BluePippin preparative electrophoresis system (http://www.sagescience.com/bluepippin/). The Pippin prep is an automated system for extracting bands from agarose gels. We are currently testing the system out and will be deploying it to several of our Illumina library preparation methods. We’re planning to use it as part of the RNAseq methodology to provide much tighter size distributions than the SPRIworks can manage. In addition, high percentage agarose gels should enable us to begin to offer library preparation for small RNA sequencing (contact Shmulik if you would like to volunteer for our beta). Because  the BluePippin has a pulse field feature, it should also be useful for building jumping libraries as well as isolating fragments for the new “long read” sequencing technologies, such as Oxford Nanopore. Of course, the Pippin prep is also available for your more “mundane” chores such as isolating bands for cloning.
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Finally, our BioInformatics team has had a major overhaul. Dr. Fugen Li left MIT at the end of last year and has been replaced by Dr. Ryan Abo from the Mayo Clinic and Dr. Vincent Butty from Dr. Chris Burge’s lab.  Both bring with them years of experience and, along with Dr. Huiming Ding, are available to help with any informatics challenges you have in your research, especially those related to sequencing. In addition to providing direct research support, we are looking forward to offering short classes on informatics beginning in the summer or fall. We’re in the planning stages now so if you have ideas on subjects you would like us to cover, please let us know.
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'''2013'''<BR><BR>
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#Paper1 pmid=23662897 <!- BMC Paper->
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#Paper2 pmid=23657361 <!- HD Chisholm->
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#Paper3 pmid=23352431 <!- HD.VB Boyer->
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#Paper4 pmid=23630078 <!- CW.AJ Sharp->
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#Paper5 pmid=23523371 <!- CW Jacks->
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#Paper6 pmid=23990805 <!- SL.VB Boyer->
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#Paper7 pmid=24009526 <!- CW Lees->
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#Paper8 pmid=23873940 <!- CW Jacks2->
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#Paper10 pmid=24134150 <!- SL.RPA Tannenbaum->
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#Paper11 pmid=24367253 <!- VB Saeij->
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#Paper12 pmid=23703590 <!- SM Fraenkel ->
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</biblio>
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'''2012'''<BR><BR>
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<biblio>
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#Paper1 pmid=22981692 <!-SL Boyer: Heart->
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#Paper2 pmid=22847430 <!-SL Saeij->
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#Paper3 pmid=22102570 <!-HD Chisholm->
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</biblio>
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'''2011'''<BR><BR>
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<biblio>
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#Paper1 pmid=21892155 <!-SL Sur->
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</biblio>
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'''2010'''<BR><BR>
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<biblio>
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#Paper1 pmid=20720539 <!-SL Young->
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#Paper2 pmid=20581084 <!-SL Zwaka->
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</biblio>
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'''2009'''<BR><BR>
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<biblio>
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#Paper1 pmid=19531355 <!-SL Amon->
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</biblio>
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Welcome to the MIT BIOMICRO CENTER

BioMicro Center News

OCTOBER 2014

A number of very important announcements from BioMicro Center this month. More details are on our website.

  • We have added our newest sequencer: The Illumina NextSeq500. The NextSeq is built as a very powerful MiSeq; using a single sample flowcell and processing a base every 5 minutes, but produces 400m reads per run. The system can produce 30x mammalian genomes in a couple days with read lengths up to 150 paired end. The NextSeq was funded by Doug Laufenburger, Penny Chisholm, the KI and the Dept of Biology. Note: Long single and paired end reads will be given priority on the NextSeq.
  • This month we are rolling out our newest library prep service – automated NexteraXT. Available in batches of 16 samples, prep includes quantification, library preparation, indexing, quality control and pooling.
  • November 1st we will be beginning our iLabs roll out. On that day all walk up service calendars will be moved from openwetware and google calendar to iLabs. Please take the next few weeks to visit the lab and learn about the system.
  • Pacific Biosciences will be presenting the Technology Seminar Series on October 22nd . We now provide PacBIo Service in the BioMicro Center using the RSII located at U.Mass Medical Center in Worcester.
  • On this Friday, October 17th, The BioMicro Center will be closed for a lab clean up. We will be making available consumables and equipment that are no longer useful for the core at 3PM. Please stop by and take anything useful before we dispose it.


AUGUST 2014

We have set up a collaboration with the University of Massachusetts Medical Center Deep Sequencing Core Facility to provide Pacific Biosciences seqeucning to MIT users. We will be providing initial library preparation and quality control before sending the samples out to Worcester for sequencing. Completed sequence data will be returned through your BioMicro Center public folders. More details about PacBio sequencing can be found on our website.

The Illumina pipeline has been upgraded to version 1.3. This upgrade includes quality control metrics for RNAseq and paired end reads as well as some changes under the hood to speed up data delivery. These quality control metrics are dependant on genome alignment, so will not be produced for samples aligned to phiX.

Most of the price increases scheduled for the next fiscal year have been cancelled. We will be re-evaluating the rates in 6 month increments to ensure we remain within our mandated budget constraints.

Our new co-op students, Austin Hendricks and Adam Perez have joined us and will be working in the Center through December. The following packages have been added or updated on ROUS in the past few months:

  • trinityrnaseq: r20140413p1
  • bedtools: 2.20.1
  • bowtie2: 2.2.3
  • tophat: 2.0.12
  • rsem: 1.2.15
  • fastqc: 0.11.2
  • bwa: 0.7.10
  • pear: 0.9.4
  • perl: 5.20.0
  • samtools: 1.0

Older versions can still be selected using the module function. We’ve also created a new mailing list rous_active_users@mit.edu to help keep folks who use Rous regularly up to date. You can sign up for it using Moira.

MAY 2014

Some quick bullet pointed updates from BioMicro. We’re in the middle of rolling out several new initiatives right now that will hopefully be in the July newsletter.

  • We are now offering sample prep using the Nextera XT system from Illumina. This modification of the Nextera uses only 1ng of input DNA (instead of the typical 50ng) and is significantly less expensive. Tuning it for insert size is somewhat more challenging than standard Nextera and so it should not be used where insert size is critical.
  • Pricing for 2015 is up on our website. There is a link at the bottom of the pricing page.
  • The Wafergen system is no longer available in the BioMicro Center. There is a system at Children’s Hospital if you absolutely need the Wafergen system. Most applications can also be done on the Fluidigm BioMark, which we still have in the lab.
  • This month, we say goodbye to Scott Morin who will be leaving for medical school. Leigh Manley, who has transferred over from the Biopolymer core, will be taking over Illumina processing.
  • Finally, the BioMicro Center will be shifting over to iLabs in the coming months. We are still early in the process but we would encourage everyone to register for iLabs to help smooth the transition.


MARCH 2014

A couple highlights of things going on in the center.

  • We are resuming the Technology Seminar Series this week with Roche speaking on Wednesday at lunch. The talk will focus on non-standard applications of the Light Cycler (SNP detection, etc).
  • The Fraenkel lab has very kindly donated their Covaris sonicator to the core and we will be putting it under a service contract. We will need to put in place a small fee to cover the cost of the contract - likely starting in July. Training for new users will be available through Shmulik.
  • We’ve generally had positive feedback about our new AA/BioA form and we’re expanding the new excel forms to include Illumina sequencing. This new form will cover most types of sample preparation.
  • Illumina is raising the prices on all of their sequencing reagents starting April 1. We lowered our prices very aggressively last year so, in order to break even, we will have adjust our prices slightly higher.

JANUARY, 2014

I hope everyone had a fantastic holiday. We have several updates to let you know about. Since there are a few more than usual, I’m just going to give you the bullet list which you can check out on our website.

  • Upgrade the basic analysis pipeline for Illumina – corrects some bugs, mostly with data overwrite problems, improves speed and provides more QC data, including GC bias checks on all HiSeq runs.
  • New Co-op students - Ani Webb and Sam Kaplan started this week.
  • New protocol for the Advanced Analytical allows us to do picoRNA samples on the machine. This cuts the cost of the analysis in half. We can still do the analysis on the BioAnalyzer if you prefer.
  • If you run a lot of AA samples, you can lower your cost significantly by submitting the samples preloaded in a plate for the machine (contact us at biomicro@mit.edu if you are interested in this).
  • Testing out a new sample submission form based on Excel instead of Word. We’re piloting it with the BioAnalyzer form.
  • We’re also trying to improve communication by sending database snapshots to users doing Illumina sequencing to make sure we have all the data entered correctly.
  • Data storage costs have gone down significantly to $280/TB/y
  • There are several IAP sessions highlighting software packages available from the MIT libraries. These include [ http://student.mit.edu/searchiap/iap-BD6D0CF8E096B284E0400312852F4A61.html Ingenuity Pathway Analysis,] GeneGO, and our own training session on using Rous




ABOUT THE BIOMICRO CENTER

The MIT BioMicro Center was founded in 2000 as the core bio-fabrication and microarray processing facility at MIT. The Center is a joint endeavor between the Department of Biology, the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, the Department of Biological Engineering and the MIT Center for Environmental Health Sciences. The BioMicro Center offers a wide range of genomic services to researchers at MIT. The majority of services rendered pertain to massively parallel sequencing using the Illumina platform (both library preparation and sequencing). Commercial array processing and include both the Affymetrix Gene Chip and Agilent DNA array platforms are also part of our portfolio. Real-time PCR and Agilent BioAnalyzer services are available in the facility both as services available to researchers, as well as for quality control of microarray and sequencing samples. In addition, the Center has a presence in high-throughput screening with robotics and plate reading as well as informatics and computational support. The BioMicro Center serves the Koch Institute as the MicroArray Technologies Core and as part of the Bioinformatics and Computing Core and the MIT Center for Environmental Health Sciences as part of the Genomics and Imaging Core

Experimental and analytical work done in the BioMicro Center is funded by the NIH and must be made available through the NIH's open access policy. All Koch Institute and CEHS labs must acknowledge their core grants for work done in the core with the following language.

  • KI "This work was funded by the National Cancer Institute of the NIH under award P30-CA14051"
  • CEHS "This work was funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences of the NIH under award P30-ES002109"

PUBLICATIONS

2014

  1. Penterman J, Abo RP, De Nisco NJ, Arnold MF, Longhi R, Zanda M, and Walker GC. . pmid:24501120. PubMed HubMed [Paper1]
  2. De Nisco NJ, Abo RP, Wu CM, Penterman J, and Walker GC. . pmid:24501121. PubMed HubMed [Paper2]
  3. Hassan MA, Butty V, Jensen KD, and Saeij JP. . pmid:24249727. PubMed HubMed [Paper3]
  4. Nagel ZD, Margulies CM, Chaim IA, McRee SK, Mazzucato P, Ahmad A, Abo RP, Butty VL, Forget AL, and Samson LD. . pmid:24757057. PubMed HubMed [Paper4]
  5. Kashtan N, Roggensack SE, Rodrigue S, Thompson JW, Biller SJ, Coe A, Ding H, Marttinen P, Malmstrom RR, Stocker R, Follows MJ, Stepanauskas R, and Chisholm SW. . pmid:24763590. PubMed HubMed [Paper5]
  6. Cao B, Chen C, DeMott MS, Cheng Q, Clark TA, Xiong X, Zheng X, Butty V, Levine SS, Yuan G, Boitano M, Luong K, Song Y, Zhou X, Deng Z, Turner SW, Korlach J, You D, Wang L, Chen S, and Dedon PC. . pmid:24899568. PubMed HubMed [Paper6]
  7. Äijö T, Butty V, Chen Z, Salo V, Tripathi S, Burge CB, Lahesmaa R, and Lähdesmäki H. . pmid:24931974. PubMed HubMed [Paper7]
  8. Lu K, Abo RP, Schlieper KA, Graffam ME, Levine S, Wishnok JS, Swenberg JA, Tannenbaum SR, and Fox JG. . pmid:24413286. PubMed HubMed [Paper8]
  9. Thornton SR, Butty VL, Levine SS, and Boyer LA. . pmid:25333635. PubMed HubMed [Paper9]
  10. Knouse KA, Wu J, Whittaker CA, and Amon A. . pmid:25197050. PubMed HubMed [Paper10]
  11. Naba A, Clauser KR, Whittaker CA, Carr SA, Tanabe KK, and Hynes RO. . pmid:25037231. PubMed HubMed [Paper11]
  12. Sánchez-Rivera FJ, Papagiannakopoulos T, Romero R, Tammela T, Bauer MR, Bhutkar A, Joshi NS, Subbaraj L, Bronson RT, Xue W, and Jacks T. . pmid:25337879. PubMed HubMed [Paper12]
  13. Shao DD, Xue W, Krall EB, Bhutkar A, Piccioni F, Wang X, Schinzel AC, Sood S, Rosenbluh J, Kim JW, Zwang Y, Roberts TM, Root DE, Jacks T, and Hahn WC. . pmid:24954536. PubMed HubMed [Paper13]
  14. Chen S, Xue Y, Wu X, Le C, Bhutkar A, Bell EL, Zhang F, Langer R, and Sharp PA. . pmid:24788094. PubMed HubMed [Paper14]
  15. McFadden DG, Vernon A, Santiago PM, Martinez-McFaline R, Bhutkar A, Crowley DM, McMahon M, Sadow PM, and Jacks T. . pmid:24711431. PubMed HubMed [Paper15]
  16. McFadden DG, Papagiannakopoulos T, Taylor-Weiner A, Stewart C, Carter SL, Cibulskis K, Bhutkar A, McKenna A, Dooley A, Vernon A, Sougnez C, Malstrom S, Heimann M, Park J, Chen F, Farago AF, Dayton T, Shefler E, Gabriel S, Getz G, and Jacks T. . pmid:24630729. PubMed HubMed [Paper16]
  17. O'Meara C, Wamstad JA, Gladstone R, Fomovsky G, Butty V, Shrikumar A, Gannon J, Boyer L, and Lee RT. . pmid:25477501. PubMed HubMed [Paper17]
All Medline abstracts: PubMed HubMed

2013

  1. Gravina MT, Lin JH, and Levine SS. . pmid:23662897. PubMed HubMed [Paper1]
  2. Kelly L, Ding H, Huang KH, Osburne MS, and Chisholm SW. . pmid:23657361. PubMed HubMed [Paper2]
  3. Klattenhoff CA, Scheuermann JC, Surface LE, Bradley RK, Fields PA, Steinhauser ML, Ding H, Butty VL, Torrey L, Haas S, Abo R, Tabebordbar M, Lee RT, Burge CB, and Boyer LA. . pmid:23352431. PubMed HubMed [Paper3]
  4. Gurtan AM, Ravi A, Rahl PB, Bosson AD, JnBaptiste CK, Bhutkar A, Whittaker CA, Young RA, and Sharp PA. . pmid:23630078. PubMed HubMed [Paper4]
  5. Snyder EL, Watanabe H, Magendantz M, Hoersch S, Chen TA, Wang DG, Crowley D, Whittaker CA, Meyerson M, Kimura S, and Jacks T. . pmid:23523371. PubMed HubMed [Paper5]
  6. Subramanian V, Mazumder A, Surface LE, Butty VL, Fields PA, Alwan A, Torrey L, Thai KK, Levine SS, Bathe M, and Boyer LA. . pmid:23990805. PubMed HubMed [Paper6]
  7. Zhang G, Hoersch S, Amsterdam A, Whittaker CA, Beert E, Catchen JM, Farrington S, Postlethwait JH, Legius E, Hopkins N, and Lees JA. . pmid:24009526. PubMed HubMed [Paper7]
  8. Li CM, Chen G, Dayton TL, Kim-Kiselak C, Hoersch S, Whittaker CA, Bronson RT, Beer DG, Winslow MM, and Jacks T. . pmid:23873940. PubMed HubMed [Paper8]
  9. Lu K, Cable PH, Abo RP, Ru H, Graffam ME, Schlieper KA, Parry NM, Levine S, Bodnar WM, Wishnok JS, Styblo M, Swenberg JA, Fox JG, and Tannenbaum SR. . pmid:24134150. PubMed HubMed [Paper10]
  10. Melo MB, Nguyen QP, Cordeiro C, Hassan MA, Yang N, McKell R, Rosowski EE, Julien L, Butty V, Dardé ML, Ajzenberg D, Fitzgerald K, Young LH, and Saeij JP. . pmid:24367253. PubMed HubMed [Paper11]
  11. Zhen AW, Nguyen NH, Gibert Y, Motola S, Buckett P, Wessling-Resnick M, Fraenkel E, and Fraenkel PG. . pmid:23703590. PubMed HubMed [Paper12]
All Medline abstracts: PubMed HubMed

2012

  1. Wamstad JA, Alexander JM, Truty RM, Shrikumar A, Li F, Eilertson KE, Ding H, Wylie JN, Pico AR, Capra JA, Erwin G, Kattman SJ, Keller GM, Srivastava D, Levine SS, Pollard KS, Holloway AK, Boyer LA, and Bruneau BG. . pmid:22981692. PubMed HubMed [Paper1]
  2. Minot S, Melo MB, Li F, Lu D, Niedelman W, Levine SS, and Saeij JP. . pmid:22847430. PubMed HubMed [Paper2]
  3. Kelly L, Huang KH, Ding H, and Chisholm SW. . pmid:22102570. PubMed HubMed [Paper3]
All Medline abstracts: PubMed HubMed

2011

  1. Mellios N, Sugihara H, Castro J, Banerjee A, Le C, Kumar A, Crawford B, Strathmann J, Tropea D, Levine SS, Edbauer D, and Sur M. . pmid:21892155. PubMed HubMed [Paper1]

2010

  1. Kagey MH, Newman JJ, Bilodeau S, Zhan Y, Orlando DA, van Berkum NL, Ebmeier CC, Goossens J, Rahl PB, Levine SS, Taatjes DJ, Dekker J, and Young RA. . pmid:20720539. PubMed HubMed [Paper1]
  2. Dejosez M, Levine SS, Frampton GM, Whyte WA, Stratton SA, Barton MC, Gunaratne PH, Young RA, and Zwaka TP. . pmid:20581084. PubMed HubMed [Paper2]
All Medline abstracts: PubMed HubMed

2009

  1. Boselli M, Rock J, Unal E, Levine SS, and Amon A. . pmid:19531355. PubMed HubMed [Paper1]

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