News & Events

  • Special Interest Group Meetings

    01 October 2014

    AGRF SIGs are held quarterly across the country to allow researchers to connect and discuss their work. Come along to hear about how local researchers are using next generation sequencing in their current research. 

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  • Upcoming Brisbane SIG meeting

    16 September 2014

    On the 16th September 2014, we will be holding the next Brisbane Next Generation Special Interest Group meeting for 2014. 

    Come along to hear about how Brisbane researchers are using next generation sequencing in their current research. 

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  • Illumina Next Gen Service reaches milestone

    09 September 2014

    Over 500 runs have been completed on our HiSeq2000 service since it commenced in 2010. 

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  • New instrumentation coming soon to AGRF

    08 September 2014

    NextSeq and MiSeq instruments being installed at AGRF Adelaide node and our HiSeq 2500 fleet expanded.

    Details on accessing these services will be released in the coming months.

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  • AGRF generate data as part of the Nanopore MinIon early access program

    04 August 2014

    AGRF were granted early access to the Minion platform and have been completing configuration tests and generating initial data sets. Dr Ken McGrath of our Brisbane node has found that the device is capable of generating very long reads (>50kb) that are aligning to their targets.

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  • Draft Genome Sequence of Fervidicella metallireducens Strain AeB(T)

    20 May 2014

    Genome sequence of F. metallireducens strain AeB(T) generated by AGRF using Ion Torrent next-generation sequencing. The draft whole-genome sequence will assist in understanding the physiology and adaptation of microbial life in the Great Artesian Basin of Australia, a deep geothermal subsurface multiaquifer.

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  • AGRF assists assay design in bipolar study

    28 April 2014

    Biopolar study publication thanks Tamara Macdonald, AGRF Custom SNP Technical Officer, for her assistance in the design of Sequenom assays and generation of genotypes for the validation study.

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  • AGRF part of new Victorian alliance to unlock genetic disease secrets

    11 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

    05 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

    02 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!

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  • AGRF congratulates Terry Speed

    31 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! 

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  • 1,000 milestone recognised

    14 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.

  • Meet an Ion Torrent Expert

    09 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.

  • Did you know about our mouse linkage marker set?

    28 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

    04 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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  • Aurora DNA extraction now available

    01 April 2013

    AGRF can provide a DNA extraction solution to suit most projects offering both standardised protocols and customised solutions. Genomic DNA extractions are available for a range of starting materials and species.

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  • Service yields quality deep sequencing data for plant species

    23 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

    03 January 2013

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

  • Bread Matters

    04 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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  • The role of a national service provider

    02 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

    12 December 2011

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

  • Wallaby Genome Sequenced

    08 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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