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DNA holds clues to humpback whales' age

18th March, 2014

Scientist from the Australian Antarctic Division in collaboration with AGRF and a US group have developed the first DNA-based test estimating the age of humpback whales. The new test relies on changes in the DNA methylation of genes involved in the ageing process. [read more]




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AGRF part of new Victorian alliance to unlock genetic disease secrets

11th February, 2014

The AGRF are excited to be a part of the Melbourne Genomics Health Alliance. Combining the strengths of seven Parkville Precinct organisations, all working towards the one goal of integrating genomic information into everyday healthcare.
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Understanding hormone interactions during fruit ripening

5th January, 2014

AGRF provided PicoGreen quantification and Sequencing analysis for the publication - “Interactions between ethylene and auxin are crucial to the control of grape (Vitis vinifera L.) berry ripening" from BMC Plant Biology Journal 2013 13:222
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AGRF commends “Cool” award

2nd December, 2013

The Anthill Coolest company awards recently held in Melbourne, awarded DNA Security Solutions with a trophy for the Micro business category. AGRF congratulates our Innovation Voucher Partner on this “Cool” award! [read more]




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AGRF congratulates Terry Speed

31st October, 2013

Congratulations to our valued collaborator, Terry Speed on winning the 2013 Prime Minister’s Prize for Science. We are sure this will ignite interest in genetics and maths in the next generation of budding young scientists! [read more]





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1,000 milestone recognised

14th October, 2013

Recently we celebrated two of our long-standing customers reaching the 1,000 milestone of batch submissions. Jenny Leary's Familial Cancer Services Laboratory, Westmead Hospital and Bruce Bennetts' Department of Molecular Genetics, Children's Hospital Westmead were presented with a DNA trophy in recognition of this achievement.



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Meet an Ion Torrent Expert

9th September, 2013

Paul Gooding of AGRF Adelaide is one of our resident Ion Torrent experts. Paul has delivered several runs that have made the Top 20 league as monitored by Life Tech - who also recently awarded Paul for producing the best short video of tips and tricks for getting the best performance.




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Did you know about our mouse linkage marker set?

28th July, 2013
Comprising of over 550 SNPs with an average distance of 3-5cM, the Mouse Linkage Marker Set (MLMS) is a panel that allows you to perform linkage mapping studies. The panel is run using our NATA accredited Sequenom SNP genotyping service.

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Next-generation sequencing: Handling and analysing data

4th June, 2013

Sonika Tyagi from AGRF’s bioinformatics team is a co-author on the article - “Next-generation sequencing: a challenge to meet the increasing demand for training workshops in Australia”. The article addresses the urgent need for upskilling biologists for handling and analysing their next-generation sequencing.

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Service yields quality deep sequencing data for plant species

23rd February, 2013

Evan Dodds, Matthew Tinning and Dr Matthew Stevens at AGRF are acknowledged for excellent technical guidance and the prompt supply of quality data from AGRF's Next-generation sequencing service.

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PD+ sequencing service in tube formats now available

3rd January, 2013

AGRF’s national Unpurified PCR product (PD+) sanger sequencing service is now available for submissions of 1-46x samples in tubes.

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First publication from Pyrosequencing service

18th October, 2012

AGRF's Pyrosequencing service was used to confirm mutation sequences in a study of congenital cerebellar ataxia identified in patients of Roma ethnicity.
David Chandler from AGRF's Perth node contributed to the research and is a co-author on the paper.

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Bread Matters

4th August, 2012

AGRF's National Operations Manager is an author on the publication titled “Bread Matters: a national initiative to profile the genetic diversity of Australian wheat" from the Plant Biotechnology Journal.

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Ion Torrent, a new approach to sequencing

22nd March, 2012

The Ion Torrent will complement AGRF's other Next-Generation sequencing platforms. Using simple sequencing chemistry which differs to other systems, the novel approach allows for much faster run times, at reduced costs.

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The role of a national service provider

2nd February, 2012

A number of factors make it difficult or impossible for even large institutions to provide ongoing access to their researchers to state of the art genomics infrastructure. A national service provider can provide the solutions...

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Secrets of the reef revealed

12th December, 2011

The genome of the staghorn coral Acropora millepora has been sequenced. This coral is a major component of the Great Barrier Reef and coral reefs worldwide.

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Your feedback is important!

15th November, 2011

To help us continually improve our services, we would like to hear what you have to say.
Every enquiry, suggestion, complaint and compliment helps us deliver a better genomics service to you. A few minutes of your time to complete our feedback survey, would really be appreciated.

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Wallaby Genome Sequenced

8th November, 2011

AGRF led the Australian component of the international research collaboration to sequence the tammar wallaby genome. Results have now been published in a series of articles in Genome Biology 2011.

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Psst…. Have you heard?

11th October, 2011

AGRF have two additional HiSeqs*. These additional instruments will allow AGRF to process the growing number of next-generation sequencing projects and will provide greater flexibility as well as improved turn-around times. * Funded by EIF through BPA

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