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Earlier this week, The Associated Press featured Dr. Leonid Moroz and the work his team of researchers at the University of Florida are conducting on a 141-foot yacht to sequence fragile marine organisms using the Ion PGM. It highlights how, for the first time, scientists are now able to sequence DNA in real-time, send the data using satellite technology to a lab on land, and have an answer in about two hours.  

Dr. Moroz’s ultimate goal is to take the project to oceans across the globe and sequence the genomes of many more creatures to better understand neurobiology and how their ability to regenerate brain tissue can potentially be applied to humans who have undergone brain or spinal cord injuries.

The story and related video, which showcases the Ion PGM, have since been featured in more than 360 news pieces across print, online and broadcast outlets, including ABC News, Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Houston Chronicle, Arizona Republic, Miami Herald, Newsday, Huffington Post, Kansas City Star, Philadelphia Inquirer, Yahoo News and many more.

This story is an example of how our innovative technologies are enabling critical genomic research on some of the world’s most fragile organisms on Earth. Once retrieved from the ocean, these creatures rarely last more than two hours – not nearly enough time to return to land and study them. Once again, the innovative platforms we provide are making discovery that was once impossible possible.

This is yet another important milestone in the evolution of our Ion Torrent technology, and we’re proud to continue supporting our customers with leading-edge tools that help push the boundaries of scientific discovery.

Andy Felton, Ph.D.
Head of Product Management, Ion Torrent
Life Sciences Solutions
Thermo Fisher Scientific