Gearing Up for AACR 2016
This month, we’ll be joining thousands of scientists flocking to the land of jazz and po’boys for the annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR 2016). Taking place in New Orleans from April 16 to 20, this conference is one of the most important cancer events for everyone from basic researchers to the pharma/biotech teams running clinical trials.
The oncology community is heavily dependent on formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded (FFPE) samples, which have been quite challenging for NGS pipelines due to the degraded, low-quality DNA that remains after fixation. The Kapa team has worked hard to develop products that help scientists make the most of these samples, generating high-quality libraries for sequencing. If you’ll be attending AACR, we encourage you to check out a poster from scientists at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute entitled “Optimization of library construction for massively parallel sequencing using low-input, FFPE-derived DNA without additional PCR amplification” (abstract #3644; April 19, 1 pm to 5 pm). In it, the researchers describe using the KAPA Library Preparation Kit to construct libraries from challenging FFPE samples, with DNA inputs as low as 10 ng. It’s a nice example of how our kits help expand the universe of samples that can be successfully sequenced.
Now that Kapa is a Roche company, our exhibit hall presence has evolved. This year you’ll find our team based at Roche’s booth, #922. We hope you’ll stop by to say hello and get a cup of coffee.
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