DTL Focus meeting: ‘Genomes gone wild’

12 May 2014, SURF, Utrecht
13:00 – 17:00 h

In this focus meeting, we want to explore the similarities and challenges between complex plant genomes and scenarios common in human research (e.g. complexity of cancer genomes).

New methods of sequencing complex genomes use state-of-the-art sequencing and mapping technology to generate data. They couple this with novel bioinformatics approaches to analyze and process the data. The advances will drastically accelerate the use of genomics in the breeding industry for many species with complex genomes; this forms an essential element in efforts to explore and exploit biodiversity for many applications, including food security, renewable energy and health.

In human genetics, similar complex genomics analysis is encountered in cancer research. In this meeting we bring breeding genetics and cancer genetics together to discuss the complications these fields have in common and to learn from each other.

Speakers at the meeting:

  • Richard Finkers (Wageningen UR): The complexity of Plant Genome structure
  • John Baeten (Bionano Genomics)
  • Joep de Ligt (Hubrecht Institute): Structural Variation detection and Personal Genomes

Contact person for the meeting: Gabino Sanchez Perez, WUR


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