As part of this year’s American Society of Human Genetics Annual Meeting, Life Technologies hosted the Explore Art and Science event at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) on November 7th. Some 400 people attended and were treated to an evening that brought modern art and modern science together. Although a modern art museum seems to be an unlikely venue for a science event, artists and scientists share several traits: creativity, curiosity, and a meticulous approach to their work. Customers were invited to view both the museum’s permanent exhibit of some very exciting artwork along with the company’s latest technology, which was on display around the museum’s main entrance lobby. Among the Life Technologies products on display were an Ion Proton, QuantStudio, and PGM .
The highlight of the evening was the unveiling of Life’s latest instrument, the QuantStudio™ 3D Digital PCR System. Life Technologies’ President and COO Mark Stevenson welcomed the audience before unveiling the new instrument.
“Part of our mission as a company is to support the work that you do each and every day in the laboratory,” said Stevenson. “It is your critical work that is helping us better understand disease with the goal to improve the human condition. So tonight we are introducing to you our latest instrument, the QuantStudio 3D Digital PCR System, that is designed to detect those very rare mutations important to cancer and other genetically based diseases.”
The evening event followed other LIFE activities at the ASHG conference in San Francisco, most notably the Ion Torrent Workshop Luncheon. At that event, several presenters provided data from their labs where Ion products are used.
Joe Boland of the National Cancer Institute discussed his lab’s experience on the 4 Protons currently in use. Lab personnel have consistently gotten 8-9 gigs on the platform and have achieved up to 10.8 gigs on a run. Boland told the audience that his team members are on their way to consistently achieving 10 gigs; he foresees being able to sequence a whole human genome sooner that he initially expected. The day following the Ion Luncheon, Life hosted the Genetic Analysis Workshop Luncheon, in which we further discussed the new digital PCR system's capabilities and customers discussed some of their research on the SOLiD platform.
The ASHG Annual Meeting is the world’s largest human genetics meeting and exposition. With an estimated 6,000 attendees and 200 exhibiting companies, the Explore Art and Science event and the Ion and Genetics Analysis Luncheons were all great opportunities for Life Technologies to demonstrate how we continue to shape life and improve discovery.
Photo of Mark Stevenson courtesy of Vicki Suh/Orange Photography