SMRT Leiden Assembly Grant

Submit your unique plant or animal genome proposal for a chance to win free de novo assembly services on PacBio SMRT Sequencing data. See details below.

We are excited to participate in our partner, PacBio’s, annual SMRT Leiden Conference in Leiden, Netherlands from June 12th – 14th. This back to back conference will include the SMRT Scientific Symposium on June 12th & 13th, featuring presentations from key experts and opinion leaders sharing their scientific discoveries and latest achievements from a variety of fields. The SMRT Informatics Developers Conference will follow on June 14th, focused on developing and improving analysis tools for PacBio SMRT Sequencing data. Software developers and bioinformaticians will spend the day focused on advancing new and existing tools for de novo assembly, genome phasing, structural variation, base modifications and Iso-Seq analysis.

During the SMRT Informatics Developers Conference on June 14th, DNAnexus will be presenting “Evaluating haplotype phasing from FALCON Unzip” at 10:30am in the session titled “DE NOVO ASSEMBLY.” In this talk, we evaluate the performance of FALCON Unzip in forming phased haplotypes by assembling and phasing the genomes of an artificial human.  By examining SNP’s that are known to be unique to one of the parents, we show that FALCON Unzip is able to produce impressive phasing information requiring nothing more than a little additional time in the compute environment to process the data.

DNAnexus is also honored to be a sponsor of PacBio’s Leiden Conference by providing the “SMRT Leiden Grant powered by DNAnexus” offering free de novo assembly for the most unique plant or animal genome in the world. One lucky winner will be selected for DNAnexus de novo assembly services on PacBio SMRT Sequencing data. Participants can submit proposals on the SMRT Leiden Grant website, with information on organism type and its impact on the scientific community. Proposals should be approximately 250 words in length and the genome size up to 1.5 Gbp, (>1.5 Gbp will be considered under special circumstances). Please note de novo assembly services will only be applied to data generated through PacBio SMRT Sequencing and sequencing is not included in the SMRT Leiden Grant.

Deadline for submission is June 29th, and the winner will be announced the week of July 9th.

Requiring massive computational resources to assemble reads or run structural variation detection across datasets, genome assembly is made even more challenging due to high levels of genetic diversity, repetitive elements, and duplicated genomic regions. Our bioinformatics expertise and computational power enable the delivery of high quality results, leveraging multi-omics data and tools in a collaborative and secure ecosystem. You can learn more about our fast, accurate, and cost efficient reference-quality assembly services that enable complex genome assembly, structural variation analysis, and physical mapping to achieve complete and accurate views of all types of genomic variation on our de novo assembly website.

Questions about DNAnexus de novo assembly or the SMRT Leiden Grant? Email us!

Webinar Series: Enabling PacBio Long-Read Bioinformatics in the Cloud

We are excited to be hosting, in collaboration with our partner PacBio, an inaugural webinar series focused on best practices for analyzing SMRT® Sequencing data.

De novo genome assembly and structural variant calling are complex tasks, which can require massive computational resources to weave long-reads into a final, polished assembly or run a variety of SV detection methods across multiple data types. Reference genome assembly is done far less frequently than whole genome sequencing, just as the case with SV detection vs. SNP detection.  DNAnexus and PacBio are collaborating to make tools and resources easily accessible and enabling researchers to take long-read bioinformatics to new heights. Learn about today’s best practices for PacBio sequencing data.

Session 1: Rapid Reference-Quality Genome Assembly
May 4, 2016
8:00am PST, 11:00am EST, 5:00pm CET

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Brett Hannigan, PhD, Director, Scientific Partnerships at DNAnexus, will present how running FALCON on the DNAnexus Platform can provide a fast, accurate, and cost-efficient solution for de novo genome assembly. In this webinar, we’ll examine the challenges around assembling the tobacco genome (comprised of 4.5 billion base pairs), which is tetraploid in nature and highly repetitive.

Session 2: Simplifying Structural Variant Discovery
June 16, 2016
8:00am PST, 11:00am EST, 5:00pm CET

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AndrewAndrew Carroll, PhD, Vice President, Science at DNAnexus will present how current solutions that use PacBio data can greatly improve the accuracy of SV-calling by using fast and easy to run cloud-optimized apps (PBHoney, Parliament, & Sniffles). We will also explore the current work we are doing with Genome in a Bottle (GIAB) to develop high confidence truth sets for structural variants. Finally, Andrew will discuss how sequencing coverage correlates with the ability to accurately call structural variants, to inform decisions about the ideal depth to sequence.

Who should attend?
Researchers currently working with or those who desire to work with PacBio RSII and/or Sequel data.