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Video: Illumina Announces Winners of 'NGS is Awesome' Contest

Three forensic DNA experts win a free trip to ISHI

Illumina Announces Winners of 'NGS is Awesome' Contest
August 31, 2015

Forensic DNA experts throughout North America demonstrated why they love next-generation sequencing in Illumina’s first ‘NGS is Awesome LEGO build contest’. Entrants illustrated how awesome NGS is with a MiSeq FGx™ Forensic Genomics Instrument LEGO® Kit. Three lucky winners will receive a trip to the International Symposium on Human Identification held in Dallas Texas on October 12-15. Prize includes flight, hotel and ISHI registration.

Ten finalists were ranked by the Illumina Forensic Genomics Team, and three lucky winners were selected based on popular vote. Final voting took place August 7–14, 2015.

Let's all congratulate the three winners and learn what they are looking forward to at ISHI:

Krystal Breslin
Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis 
"I am looking forward to hearing about all of the inspiring forensic research taking place in laboratories all over the world!"


Ann Marie Gross
BCA Forensic Science Laboratory
"I’m really looking forward to meeting with colleagues and discussing collaborations to move NGS into forensic casework."


Maiko Takahashi
University of North Texas Health Science Center 
"I'm really looking forward to meeting and talking with wonderful people, because there is no international forensic conference such as ISHI in Japan."

Here are their winning submissions:

Krystal Breslin, Guardians of the Genome

Ann Marie Gross, NGS-'The Next Great Step' in identifying the unidentified

MaikoTakahashi, MiSeq FGx gives DNA analysts the tools to 'transform' forensic analysis (see video)



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