Beyond conventional cell and molecular biology research methods

NGS methods enable global analyses of gene expression and regulation

Cellular & Molecular Biology Research

Traditionally, cell and molecular biology research seeks to understand the function of a single gene, gene family, or signal transduction pathway, often through the disruption or modification of single genes. Researchers use signal-based methods such as microscopy, flow cytometry, and protein blotting and molecular assays such as PCR/qPCR, Sanger sequencing, and gene expression arrays. This approach is time-consuming and does not always result in conclusive findings.

Array and next-generation sequencing (NGS) technologies from Illumina can broaden cell and molecular biology research beyond the conventional methods of protein-interaction and single-gene functional studies. Illumina technology enables analysis across the genome, transcriptome, and epigenome. Results can inform experimental design and subsequent studies, saving time and allowing researchers to publish sooner.

Single-Cell Sequencing Workflow

Single-cell sequencing can reveal the cell types present and how individual cells are contributing to the function of that system.

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Empowering Single-Cell and Spatial Experiments with Sample Multiplexing

Researchers from UCSF discuss MULTI-Seq, a sample barcoding strategy for single-cell and single-nucleus RNA sequencing. The method involves minimal sample processing, thereby preserving cell viability and endogenous gene expression patterns.

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Protein Detection by Sequencing: Towards a Definitive Cellular Phenotype

Methods that allow researchers to sequence and detect extracellular proteins in individual cells simultaneously reveal new cell types and states associated with disease.

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Quality Control for Single-Cell Sequencing Experiments

Learn best practices for preparing cell suspensions with sample preparation solutions from Miltenyi Biotec.

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Compare the benefits of NGS technology to quantitative PCR and find out which one to choose.

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NGS in Cell Biology Research

See how NGS opens new avenues to exploring and understanding the cellular activity of disease.

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Cellular and Molecular Biology Research Articles

Exploring the Tumor Microenvironment
Exploring the Tumor Microenvironment

Single-cell sequencing proves invaluable in detecting intracellular communication in tumors.

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The Weizmann Institute Uses NovaSeq to Drive Single Cell Research
The Weizmann Institute Uses NovaSeq to Drive Single-Cell Research

By analyzing one cell at a time, Professor Amit is improving our understanding of biological systems in health and disease.

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Identifying Breast Cancer Targets Using High-Throughput NGS
Identifying Breast Cancer Targets Using High-Throughput NGS

The Breast Cancer Atlas Project is sequencing more than a million breast cancer cells with the NovaSeq 6000 System.

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A computer scientist is expanding the reach of scRNA-Seq data through new open source technologies.

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Single-Cell Analysis is Fueling New Discoveries in Developmental Biology
COVID-19 Host Risk and Response

Understanding host genetic differences and individual responses to the SARS-CoV-2 virus increases understanding of disease susceptibiliity and severity. Read more about the methods for host risk & immune response studies.

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Single-Cell RNA Sequencing

Explore the distinct biology of individual cells within a complex tissue, or investigate the molecular mechanisms behind subpopulation responses to environmental cues.

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Targeted Resequencing

Focus on sequencing targeted genomic regions of interest, or simultaneously sequence large numbers of genes associated with a disease or phenotype.

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Methylation Analysis

Quantitatively investigate methylation patterns using sequencing- and array-based techniques, and gain valuable insight into gene regulation.

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Explore genetic variants such as single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) and large structural changes in DNA  using genome-wide or targeted approaches.

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Genome Editing

Find out how NGS enables researchers to confirm CRISPR gene knockouts, analyze off-target effects, assess the the functional impact of edits, and more.

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Chromatin Accessibility Analysis

Use ATAC-Seq to assess chromatin accessibility in single cells and uncover how chromatin packaging and other factors affect gene expression.

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SureCell Whole Transcriptome Analysis 3' Library Prep Kit: This kit supports transcriptome profiling of hundreds to tens of thousands of single cells in a given experiment.

NextSeq 2000 System: Groundbreaking benchtop sequencers allow you to explore new discoveries across a variety of current and emerging applications, with higher efficiency and fewer restraints.

BaseSpace Sequence Hub Single-Cell RNA-Seq App: Designed for use with the SureCell WTA 3' Library Prep Kit, this app performs cell and gene counting, filtering, and reporting.

AmpliSeq for Illumina Targeted Resequencing Solution: A streamlined, scalable amplicon sequencing solution, producing high-confidence data from low-input DNA and RNA samples.

Infinium Global Screening Array: A next-generation genotyping array for population-scale genetics, variant screening, pharmacogenomics studies, and precision medicine research.

MethylationEPIC BeadChip: Robust methylation profiling microarray with extensive coverage of CpG islands, genes, and enhancers. Use for epigenome-wide association studies.

From Genotype to Phenotype

Dr Lachlan Jolly discusses insights into gene function in cell models of brain development.

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