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Meeting report

Clinical applications of sequencing take center stage

Gustavo Glusman

Author Affiliations

Institute for Systems Biology, 401 Terry Ave N., Seattle, WA 98109, USA

Genome Biology 2013, 14:303  doi:10.1186/gb-2013-14-3-303

Published: 28 March 2013

Abstract

A report on the Advances in Genome Biology and Technology (AGBT) meeting, Marco Island, Florida, USA, February 20-23, 2013.

This year's Advances in Genome Biology and Technology (AGBT) meeting reflected the current state of 'next generation' sequencing (NGS) technologies: significantly reduced competition and innovation, and a strong focus on standardization and application. Announcements of technological breakthroughs - a hallmark of previous AGBT meetings - were markedly absent, but existing technologies continued to improve following the now expected exponential curve. Although applications ranged widely, there was a strong emphasis on clinical diagnosis.