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=== MARCH 11, 2013 ===
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Quick update from BioMicro: <BR><BR>
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The [[BioMicroCenter:Wafergen|Wafergen qPCR system]] is now operational. We have done a couple pilot experiments so far and it does seem to work, if there are a few more limitations than we anticipated. We are working with Wafergen to see how many of these can be alleviated but you are more than welcome to try it out and see if it would be useful to you. They have given us quite competitive pricing that is a lot lower than the cost for the [[BioMicroCenter:Fluidigm|Fluidigm BioMark]] . Please email us if you are interested in training.
  
=== May 2009 - HIGHLIGHTS ===
 
* Improvements in Microarray Processing
 
* Improvements in Illumina Sequencing
 
* Pilot project for large scale data storage
 
* BioMicro Center renovation ongoing.
 
  
It has been a few months since our last update and I would like to share with everyone several improvements we have made in some of our core technologies.
 
  
One large change has been in our handling of [[BioMicroCenter:Microarray|microarrays.]] Affymetrix will be retiring their old labeling kits later this year and we have been [[BioMicroCenter:Microarrays#Technology_Updates|evaluating different technologies to replace the old kits]]. We have tried out new kits for both eukaryotes and prokaryotes and have been pleased with the results. Both new kits require significantly less sample input (<100 ng total RNA) and are easier to handle larger numbers of samples. We are also looking at other labeling techniques that would require even less input RNA (<1ng or even from single cells). More information can be found on our website. If you are interested in some of the newer technologies, please contact [[BioMicroCenter:People|Manlin or myself.]]
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=== JANUARY 9, 2013 ===
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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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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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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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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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If you have any concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.
  
In addition to microarrays, we have also upgraded to the latest kits from Illumina for [[BioMicroCenter:Sequencing|next-generation sequencing]]. These new kits replace the old cleavage buffer with a new formulation that allows for much longer reads. We have preformed some tests with these new kits and have been able to achieve read lengths of 144nt (72nt each from the front and back) with over 90% of the reads showing 1 error or less at densities of typically >5 million reads per lane.  [[BioMicroCenter:Genome_Seq|We have placed some of the preliminary analyses on our website under the genomic sequencing section.]]
 
  
We have also started a pilot program to help labs handle the large amounts of data produced by these high-throughput methodologies in response to requests from several labs. We have purchased a new storage server and are providing space on the server at $500 per terabyte per year. The server is set up to be able to be accessed from all three major operating systems (Linux, Windows and Mac) and the data is backed up using MIT’s TSM (normally $65/mo).  Space on this pilot server is limited and will be allocated on a first come / first served basis. Please contact Stephen Goldman or myself if you have questions. More information about this program can be found in the computing section of our website.
 
  
Lastly, we are still in the process of [[BioMicroCenter:RenoPlans|remodeling the BioMicro Center lab space.]] Thank you all for your patience as we have been in transition and we hope by the end of this month to have the process completed.  The final layout is also [[BioMicroCenter:RenoPlans|on our website]] along with all of our monthly updates.
 
  
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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 [Department of Biology], the [Koch Institute], the [Department of Biological Engineering] and the [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 Genome Analyzer (both library preparation and sequencing). Commercial array processing and include both the Affymetrix Gene Chip and Agilent DNA array platforms continues to be a significant portion 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 Instistute 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<BR><BR>
  
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Welcome to the MIT BIOMICRO CENTER

BioMicro Center News

MARCH 11, 2013

Quick update from BioMicro:

The Wafergen qPCR system is now operational. We have done a couple pilot experiments so far and it does seem to work, if there are a few more limitations than we anticipated. We are working with Wafergen to see how many of these can be alleviated but you are more than welcome to try it out and see if it would be useful to you. They have given us quite competitive pricing that is a lot lower than the cost for the Fluidigm BioMark . Please email us if you are interested in training.


JANUARY 9, 2013

Happy new years to everyone. A couple new things happening in BioMicro that we want to make everyone aware of.

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.

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.

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. If you have any concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.



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], the [Department of Biological Engineering] and the [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 Genome Analyzer (both library preparation and sequencing). Commercial array processing and include both the Affymetrix Gene Chip and Agilent DNA array platforms continues to be a significant portion 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 Instistute 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

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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. Dynamic and coordinated epigenetic regulation of developmental transitions in the cardiac lineage. Cell. 2012 Sep 28;151(1):206-20. DOI:10.1016/j.cell.2012.07.035 | PubMed ID:22981692 | HubMed [Paper1]
  2. Minot S, Melo MB, Li F, Lu D, Niedelman W, Levine SS, and Saeij JP. Admixture and recombination among Toxoplasma gondii lineages explain global genome diversity. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2012 Aug 14;109(33):13458-63. DOI:10.1073/pnas.1117047109 | PubMed ID:22847430 | HubMed [Paper2]
  3. Kelly L, Huang KH, Ding H, and Chisholm SW. ProPortal: a resource for integrated systems biology of Prochlorococcus and its phage. Nucleic Acids Res. 2012 Jan;40(Database issue):D632-40. DOI:10.1093/nar/gkr1022 | PubMed ID:22102570 | 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. miR-132, an experience-dependent microRNA, is essential for visual cortex plasticity. Nat Neurosci. 2011 Sep 4;14(10):1240-2. DOI:10.1038/nn.2909 | PubMed ID:21892155 | 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. Mediator and cohesin connect gene expression and chromatin architecture. Nature. 2010 Sep 23;467(7314):430-5. DOI:10.1038/nature09380 | PubMed ID:20720539 | HubMed [Paper1]
  2. Dejosez M, Levine SS, Frampton GM, Whyte WA, Stratton SA, Barton MC, Gunaratne PH, Young RA, and Zwaka TP. Ronin/Hcf-1 binds to a hyperconserved enhancer element and regulates genes involved in the growth of embryonic stem cells. Genes Dev. 2010 Jul 15;24(14):1479-84. DOI:10.1101/gad.1935210 | PubMed ID:20581084 | HubMed [Paper2]
All Medline abstracts: PubMed | HubMed

2009

  1. Boselli M, Rock J, Unal E, Levine SS, and Amon A. Effects of age on meiosis in budding yeast. Dev Cell. 2009 Jun;16(6):844-55. DOI:10.1016/j.devcel.2009.05.013 | PubMed ID:19531355 | HubMed [Paper1]

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