The forth in our biennial series of meetings entitled New and Developing Technologies for Genetic Diagnostics was held in Salisbury (UK) on 5th-6th July 2010. There was a strong emphasis on next generation sequencing reflecting the growing applicability of these technologies for diagnostics. Hans Scheffer opened the meeting with an overview of The FP7 funded TECHGENE project. The current status of diagnostic implementation was further discussed by Ann Curtis (Newcastle) and Howard Martin (Cambridge) with Graham Taylor (Leeds) providing bioinformatics support.
The programme also covered applications for arrays (Joris Vermeesch, Leuven and Shuwen Huang NGRL W), an update from the cancer genome project (Peter Campbell and Patrick Tarpey, Sanger Institute), epigenetics (Lee Butcher, London and Jude Fitzgibbon, London), and a fascinating insight into the world of single molecule sequencing (Peter Vander Horn, Life Technologies and Andrew Heron, Oxford). As usual a range of specific technologies were also presented including Selector probes (Mats Nilsson, Uppsala), LIPOchip (Marianne Stef, Progenika), BACs on Beads (Susan Gross, New York), Cold PCR (Phil Eastlake, Transgenomics), and EpiTYPERTM (Henning Gohlke, Sequenom). The meeting was rounded off with an overview of Deciphering Developmental Disorders, a major new initiative led by Nigel Carter (Sanger Institute).
Where possible we have made the presentations available in pdf format for download from this site. These can be accessed via the agenda listing.
We would like to thank all who participated – In particular the speakers for their clear and informative presentations and our sponsors (listed below) who made this meeting possible. Despite some disruption from building work on the first day our feedback shows that this meeting was the best yet. Hopefully the technology is still as interesting and we are still here to review it in 2012!