The iSelect Technology Now Supports Custom Designed Panels Ranging from 3,000 to 200,000 SNPs
SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 13, 2009--Illumina, Inc. (NASDAQ:ILMN) today launched the Infinium(R) HD (High
Density) iSelect Custom Genotyping solution. Researchers now have the
flexibility to screen SNPs ranging from 3,000 to 200,000 in focused
genotyping studies for both human and non-human species. This
higher-density iSelect Custom Genotyping technology is the most
versatile solution of its kind in the industry. It offers high data
quality, high-throughput capabilities, and flexible sample multiplexing
to screen any SNP in any species.
The first commercially available products made with the Infinium HD
iSelect technology include the OvineSNP50 and PorcineSNP60 BeadChips.
These 12-sample SNP genotyping products add to Illumina's expanding
agriculture portfolio, helping researchers detect genome-wide genetic
variation in any breed of pig or sheep. The new panels were developed in
collaboration with leading researchers at international consortia and
utilized Illumina's Genome Analyzer, public databases, and other marker
discovery approaches for content selection. Illumina now offers five
standard products for agricultural research: BovineSNP50, EquineSNP50,
CanineSNP20, PorcineSNP60, and OvineSNP50 BeadChips.
AgResearch New Zealand scientist John McEwan, Ph.D., who was involved in
the sequencing and SNP discovery component of the OvineSNP50 BeadChip
development, was impressed with the new ovine array. "We have produced a
high-quality product that exceeds our expectations. The challenge now is
to improve farmed sheep productivity and disease resistance using the
OvineSNP50 BeadChip. Working with Illumina's FastTrack Genotyping
Services, we've genotyped close to three thousand samples with the
OvineSNP50 BeadChip and we plan to genotype at least the same number of
samples every year hereafter."
At this week's Plant and Animal Genome (PAG) conference in San Diego,
California, scientists from major agricultural research institutions,
including Martien Groenen, Ph.D., Professor of the Animal Breeding and
Genetics Group at Wageningen University, and Brian P. Dalrymple, Ph.D.,
of the Australian Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research
Organization (CSIRO) Livestock Industries, on behalf of the
International Sheep Genomics Consortium, will present overviews of their
work developing custom genotyping panels with Illumina.
"Researchers from a wide range of markets work with Illumina because
iSelect is the only custom whole-genome genotyping technology optimized
for use with both human and non-human samples," said Joel McComb, Senior
Vice President and General Manager of Illumina's Life Sciences Business
Unit. "By deploying the Infinium HD assay on the iSelect platform
customers have access to more than three times the number of SNPs per
sample than on our previously designed iSelect panels."
The expansion of the Illumina iSelect offering provides researchers more
freedom to design custom panels from the large amount of human variant
information generated by research programs, such as the 1,000 Genomes
Project. Agricultural researchers will be able to create more effective
genotyping panels for complex or less well understood genomes.
Infinium HD iSelect Genotyping BeadChips represent only one aspect of
Illumina's broad portfolio of genetic analysis tools for human and
agricultural research. These array-based assays, along with Illumina
sequencing technology, support the industry's broadest range of genetic
analysis applications. SNPs discovered using Illumina sequencing can be
deployed on custom arrays. Lower multiplex assays, using Illumina
VeraCode technology, support efficient screening. For more information
about Illumina products empowering agricultural researchers, please
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