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The DNA Sequencing Research Group (DSRG) welcomes its newest members: Debbie Adam, from the University of British Columbia; Matt Gray, from the University of Southern California; and Peter Schweitzer, from Cornell University. We would also like to express our appreciation to outgoing members George Grills, John Hawes, Tim Hunter, and Emily Jackson-Machelski for their time, hard work, and dedication during their tenure.
Over the past year, the DSRG has been establishing the foundation for a web-based DNA sequencing troubleshooting resource, which should be active and ready to receive submissions within the next few months. Our goal is to provide a user-friendly interface that allows researchers to share in real-time the problems and solutions they are encountering in their work with new instruments and sequencing chemistries. Thus, we are asking members of the DNA sequencing community to start annotating their experiences in these areas for submission to the site in the next few months. With your contributions we hope to meet our goal of establishing a current and thorough database that allows researchers to search for and contribute to the most recent information on the state of our art.
At the ABRF 2004 meeting in Portland, we provided a preliminary overview of this resource, which was followed by an open discussion designed to elicit audience comments and suggestions. The poster can be downloaded from the ABRF website: http://www.abrf.org/ResearchGroups/DNASequencing/EPosters/DSRG2004.pdf.
The DSRG also hosted a tutorial entitled Data Tracking and Quality Control in High Throughput DNA Sequencing, with presentations by Bob Lyons from the University of Michigan, and George Grills from Harvard University. Their talks focused on the use of laboratory information management systems to support sample tracking, instrument performance, data distribution, financial management, and laboratory administration. Both speakers were very well received, and a summary of their presentations should be posted shortly on the ABRF website.