Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Fingerprints on Jupiter

I had hoped to mark my father's 93rd birthday today in my usual way, a call home to exchange well wishes and update him on our goings-on.  But two weeks ago he entered the hospital for what turned out to be a final visit, so instead I am writing this.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

PacBio Outlook 2018

Well, I didn't exactly get my Pacific Biosciences preview out before their J.P. Morgan presentation.  Luckily, the slides for that primarily projected financials and touted their successes -- and didn't drop any major platform announcements in -- so I didn't miss out.  PacBio's position is important and worth reviewing, even if it doesn't change much.

Tuesday, January 09, 2018


Illumina CEO Francis deSouza's J.P. Morgan Presentation did not disappoint.  While humdrum financials and touting market dominance and areas of future growth came first, then came the big Firefly announcement (with a name change to iSeq 100)  -- and then after another short spell of reviewing the latest Nextera chemistry came a smaller bombshell -- Illumina is partnering with former arch-rival Thermo Fisher (nee Life Technologies nee Applied Biosystems) to move the AmpliSeq multiplex PCR technology over to the Illumina platform.

Sunday, January 07, 2018

Illumina Outlook II: The Fleet

In my prior installment I looked at Firefly, now clearly a working instrument.  Now I'll take a peak at the rest of the Illumina fleet.

Tuesday, January 02, 2018

Illumina 2018 Preview I: Firefly

Time to start gazing into my cloudy liquid crystal ball and attempt to see what will happen in the sequencing world in 2018.  J.P. Morgan is next week, which puts a time box on getting predictions out. One thing I see on both my personal and blogging horizon are flying creatures bearing light.  On the local front, TNG has decided to head this fall to the City of Brotherly Love to learn to fly and breath flame.  But in the sequencing world -- well, I'm going to need to pack a huge Ball jar for my trip to AGBT this year, as I plan to hunt out a Firefly.

Monday, January 01, 2018

Remembering 2017's Losses

A new year beckons and with it a burst of enthusiasm for writing.  Which also means combing through post ideas from last year that never quite were completed -- some as stubs or at least headlines.  But before tackling the new, I feel I need to tackle some personal losses in 2017.