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Award for novel population sequencing studies


Cambridge, UK – Abstracts from researchers undertaking a range of population genetics studies are being solicited for an award that will provide the successful applicant with funding and practical support for their sequencing study, as well as access to the extensive expertise and proprietary technologies provided by Population Genetics Technologies Ltd.

The company is dedicated to the development of innovative approaches for genetic analyses and biomarker discovery, and has launched the Populus Award 2012 to “provides an ideal opportunity for a research group with limited funds or experience to gain access to the latest technological and practical expertise in the field. Using our proprietary approaches and funding support, we will enable them to accurately sequence either genomic regions of interest or indeed, whole genes in large populations of samples, providing the next leap in sequencing analysis,” said Dr. Frank Massam, Chief Commercial Officer, Population Genetics.

For the successful applicant, Population Genetics will use its established approach to sequence their samples using the NGS platform of their choice. The molecular tagging system enables the accurate sequencing of either multiple non-contiguous or long, contiguous regions from many thousands of samples, in a single experiment. This allows researchers to confidently identify genetic variants attributed to a specific phenotype. Such high quality data is significantly valuable in areas such as human healthcare, as it mediates the rapid discovery of gene variants characteristic of a particular disorder or a specific drug response, facilitating the development of informed, personalised treatment strategies.

Applications must be submitted online by the 30th of November 2012. The successful applicant will be announced in January 2013.

For further information, or to submit an application, email collaborations@populationgenetics.com or visit www.populationgenetics.com/populus-award.