15 Oct 2013, BioSpectrum Bureau , BioSpectrum
Singapore: Philippine Genome Center (PGC) has launched its DNA Sequencing core facility equipped with a genetic analysis workflow system by Life Technologies, including the 3730xl DNA Analyzer, Ion PGM and Ion Proton Systems for sequencing genes to genomes, Ion AmpliSeq Gene Panels and a 7500 Fast Real-Time PCR System and auxiliary products.
PGC's state-of-the-art facility, which is located on the University of the Philippines (UP), Diliman campus, will use the entire product line to provide DNA sequencing and bioinformatics services to clients, as well as pursue research in human health and agriculture.
The PGC has already started on a project to improve sugar cane varieties by enabling farmers to genetically differentiate plants of interest against others, and another project to introduce a new variety of sugar cane. The PGC is also working to re-populate the country's dwindling coconut tree population by identifying genetic markers for the best coconuts that will fit the countries' environment and needs.
"The DNA Sequencing Core Facility of PGC is an important step forward for the Philippines, which must continue to invest in science and technology to realize its true potential, as well as for UP, which has taken another critical step toward becoming a research university," said Dr. Cynthia Saloma, Program Director, PGC DNA Sequencing Core Facility. "We are truly grateful for the financial support of Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development and for the partnership with Life Technologies in helping us on our journey. The company's cutting-edge technology and its outstanding support staff have been invaluable in getting the new facility up and running and we look forward to working closely with them in the future."
"The PGC represents a key opportunity for scientists in the Philippines and throughout Southeast Asia who will have access to this amazing facility to support their research" said Mr. Joydeep Goswami, President, Life Technologies, APAC and Japan. "Our partnership with the PGC is another example of our commitment to the region and to ensure that every scientist, regardless of geography, has access to the tools and support they need to keep their citizens healthy, well-fed, safe and to innovate."