AGBT 2014 Announces its Agenda


AGBT2014 Announces Agenda

The 15th Advances in Genome Biology and Technology (AGBT 2014),  one of the most anticipated genomics meetings, announced its complete agenda. This year’s AGBT 2014 will be held from 12th – 15th Feb  in the Marco Island, Florida.

AGBT opened its registration on 1st October, thanks to govt. shut down AGBT accepted registration till 31st October, instead of its usual two week period.  In the first week of December, AGBT announced the participants selected for talks and posters. In addition to talks and posters, AGBT will be hosting a software demo selected from abstracts.

Just a few weeks before the conference, AGBT announced the complete agenda.  The majors sessions of AGBT 2014 have a variety themes including Genomic Studies, Genetic Studies, Evolutionary Genomics, Genomic Technologies Applications, Genomic Technologies Development, Computational Biology, Medical, Animal and Microbial Genomics, Cancer and Transplant Genomics,  and Epigenomics &; Transcriptomics.  This year’s invited speaker list has many top genome scientists, including

  • David Botstein talking on “Yeast, Evolution, and Cancer”
  • Aravinda Chakravarthi talking on “Hirschsprung Disease”
  • Daniel MacArthur talking on “Analysis of Genetic Variation From Over 50,000 Human Exomes”


The talk titles of AGBT 2014 clearly shows Here a some of the interesting talks at AGBT 2014 to look for among the four days of genomics fun.

 David Jaffe, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard
“Assembly of Bacterial Genomes Using Long Nanopore Reads”

 W.R. McCombie, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
“A Near Perfect de novo Assembly of a Eukaryotic Genome Using Sequence Reads of Greater than 10 Kilobases Generated by the Pacific Biosciences RS II”

 Gene Myers, Max Planck Institute for Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics
“A de novo Whole Genome Shotgun Assembler for Noisy Long Read Data”

Jeanne Lawrence, University of Massachusetts Medical School
“Silencing Trisomy 21 for Genome Balance in Down Syndrome Stem Cells”

Evan Eichler, University of Washington
“Advances in Sequencing Technology Identify New Mutations, Genes and Pathways Related to Autism”

James Noonan, Yale University
“Epigenomic Analysis in the Developing Human Embryo”

 Andrea Kohn, University of Florida
“Single-Neuron Semiconductor RNA-seq with Nanofluidic Capture: Toward Genomic Dissection of the Complex Brains and Memory Circuits”

 * Stephen Fodor, Cellular Research, Inc.
“Digital Encoding of Cellular mRNAs Enables Precise and Absolute Gene Expression Analysis by Single-Molecule Counting”

James Hadfield, Cancer Research, UK
“Monitoring Cancer Genome Evolution with Circulating Tumour DNA Exome Sequencing”

 Brian Haas, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard
“Single Cell Developmental Genomics: Trinity-Enabled Single Cell Transcriptome Study Identifies New Regulators of Salamander Limb Regeneration”

Joe DeRisi, University of California, San Francisco
“NGS in the Context of Critical Care:  A Case Example”

David Wheeler, Baylor College of Medicine
“Patterns of Structural Rearrangement in Human Cancer Revealed by Ultra-Long Read Sequencing”

 Hesaam Esfandyarpour, Genapsys, Inc.
“The GENIUS™ Platform: A Next Generation Sequencing Platform That Exceeds Quality and Cost Goals for Universal Deployment In and Out of Core Laboratory Environments”

Zak Wescoe, University of California, Santa Cruz
“Error Rates for Nanopore Discrimination Among Cytosine and Four Epigenetic Variants Along Individual DNA Strands”

Jason Chin, Pacific Biosciences, Inc.
“String Graph Assembly For Diploid Genomes With Long Reads”

 Neda Zamani, Uppsala University
“New Algorithms for de novo Metatranscriptome Assembly”

Ira Hall, University of Virginia
“The Landscape of Somatic Genome Variation in Single Neurons”

Carlos Bustamante, Stanford University
“Any Way You Want It: Applications of Whole Genome Capture to Ancient DNA, Metagenomics, and Orthogonal Validation”

 Joshua Burton, University of Washington
“Chromosome-Scale Scaffolding of de novo Genome Assemblies Based on Chromatin Interactions”

 Fuchou Tang, Peking University
“Dissecting the Transcriptome and DNA Methylome Landscapes of Human Preimplantation Embryos and Embryonic Stem Cells”

There are no slots of Oxford Nanopore talk at AGBT. Still, one of the biggest expectations at AGBT 2014 is to get more details on Oxford Nanopore’s MinIon. At ASHG 2013, Oxford Nanopore announced the early access program to MinION and let selected users to try out MinIon at the conference venue. Oxford Nanopore started accepting applications for the MinION early access program on 25th November and accepted applications until 22nd January.   The expectation was that we might know more details on Nanopore in Feb. What other event in Feb.  is apt to show-off Oxford Nanopore data than the AGBT?





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