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Big Data Comes to Biology: Portable Genome Sequencing

DNA sequencing will soon be possible from small mobile devices connected to a mobile phone. This workshop will demonstrate use of a hand-held sequencing device, that is about the same size as a Snicker’s candy bar. A brief overview of DNA sequencing will be discussed, along with some examples of high-throughput comparison of genome sequences. Personal genome sequencing from companies like 23andme and AncestoryDNA will be discussed, in the context of a general overview of current technologies and potential future applications.

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