State of the Art
Illumina is an industry leader in the development and manufacture of Next Generation DNA Sequencing systems – offering a variety of systems to support users with different experience and throughput needs. Genome360 has partnered with Illumina to offer a suite of the latest Illumina technology to Manitoba: the iSeq100, the NextSeq550 and the iScan. This suite offers low to high throughput and the flexibility to meet our province’s diverse research needs.
A new feature of emerging genomic equipment is mobility. Sequencers smaller than cell phones, labs that can fit in suitcases, and cloud computing are creating opportunities for in-situ genomics and phenomics.
Genome360 has developed the prototype Molecular Biology Interactive Learning Enterprise (M.O.B.I.L.E.) lab to demonstrate and provide organizations access to these field-deployable devices. The electric-powered M.O.B.I.L.E. lab provides storage, transport and sufficient workspace to bring the lab to the field or classroom.
Manitoba is home to a diverse economy that’s poised to advance into genomic and phenomic research in sectors such as health care, food, agriculture (animal and crop), pest control and environmental monitoring. While each sector has unique needs, there are opportunities for shared benefits. The Genome360 community connects educational institutions, industry, and laboratory end-users from different sectors to disseminate knowledge and to help new users evaluate applications and clean technologies. The community also provides a forum for discussion and collaborative experimentation.
Growth of the genomic and phenomic economy won’t happen without trained, highly-skilled Manitobans from multiple disciplines, educated through college and university programs. Genome360 partners with academic institutions to introduce genomics and phenomics into secondary and post- secondary classrooms. Locating the iSeq100 at Red River College (RRC) brings hands-on learning to a variety of programs spanning medical, food science and applied computer science. Using the M.O.B.I.L.E lab, Genome360 will bring educational demonstrations and lessons to secondary schools and public events across our province. It’s time to show the benefits of genomics and phenomics in our everyday lives.
Genome360 serves to make Manitoba a genomics hotspot for research and industry. These outcomes are both exciting and positive for residents of the province.
Through the application of genomics and phenomics, Manitobans will see their medical and dietary treatments become personalized. Health care provision could experience reduced costs, while at the same time increasing treatment success due to improved screening programs and targeted medicine.
In-situ genomics and phenomics could improve crop health through real-time pathogen identification or monitor our ecosystems through non-lethal wildlife and water testing. Bacteria and viruses harmful to humans could be identified and then controlled at the source – mosquitos, birds, water, food or public spaces – before outbreaks reach our population.