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NCBiotech Grant Boosts NCSU's DNA Capabilities

Editor's note: The North Carolina Biotechnology Center received this guest blog in response to a $200,000 Institutional Development Grant  to enable NCSU researchers to buy a NextSeq 500 DNA sequencer.

By Eric Stone, Ph.D., associate professor, department of biological sciences, North Carolina State University

-- Photo courtesy of NCSU

Genomics is central to so much of what we do at NC State. Our sequencing needs are growing faster than our sequencing capacity, and new equipment impacts every corner of campus.

At NC State, we aspire to “Think and Do,” and NCBiotech support is helping us to do amazing things. Our researchers are using sequencing technology to accelerate the production of biofuels, to remediate waste and prevent pollution, to produce higher quality agriculture and livestock, and much, much more.

NCBiotech funding has enabled us to bring the Illumina NextSeq to campus.

This technology is of critical importance, both because it enhances our overall sequencing capacity and because it fills a previously underserved experimental niche.

Acquisition of the NextSeq allows our genomic sciences laboratory, for the first time, to generate medium-throughput sequencing data at high speed. For some existing projects, this will reduce turnaround from weeks to days; for some incipient ones, it removes the barrier to obtaining essential preliminary data. 

The NextSeq is essential technology that will allow NC State to address the challenges of biofuels, waste remediation, and agriculture, increasing research productivity and keeping NC State at the competitive edge.

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