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Adventures in Genomics

The Adventures in Genomics video series hosted by the Illumina Scientific Affairs team, Jacques and Swati, takes you into the fascinating world of next-generation sequencing. Join them as they explore amazing genomic discoveries and meet the scientists behind the breakthroughs that help us better understand ourselves and the world around us.

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Selective Advantages in Cattle Breeding – Adventures in Genomics

The world population is continuously growing. As the second largest producer and largest exporter of beef in the world, Brazil has an important role in feeding such a population. Jacques and Irene from our Scientific Affairs team met with José Fernando Garcia, Professor of Genomics at Sao Paulo State University, and other advocates of the use of genomic selection. Hear their thoughts on how to improve zebu breeding in Brazil while reducing the environmental impact.

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Darwin on our Doorsteps – Adventures in Genomics

The California Island Fox is a crucial species on the California Channel Islands’ ecosystem and co-inhabited with humans for thousands of years. As European settlers populated the islands about 200 years ago, activities such as ranching and hunting had a disruptive effect on foxes and therefore on the islands’ environment. Learn how studies combining archaeology and genomics have led to a successful recovery of island foxes and the restoration of a healthy environment on the islands.

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Pierce's Disease – Adventures in Genomics

Plants, like animals, depend on microbes to function to their fullest capacity. To understand more about plants, plant microbiomes, and plant disease, Jacques and Irene interviewed Caroline Roper from UC Riverside.

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Diversity In Our Diets – Adventures in Genomics

Many complex diseases are associated with diet and abnormalities in microbiome composition, but the cause/effect relationship still remains to be understood. Jacques and Irene meet Andrew Benson, from the University of Nebraska, to discuss how changes in diet and processing of foods might have led to the loss of important nutrients, and what his team is doing to recover such loss.

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The Singular Neuron: Understanding Complex Biology, One Cell at a Time – Adventures in Genomics

Understanding complex traits and diseases requires the understanding of the connections that each cell has with other cells. Jacques and Irene interview James Eberwine to learn how single-cell RNA sequencing can be used in-vivo to understand how individual cells function.

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A Dive into the Complex Universe of Our Brain – Adventures in Genomics

How do we remember an event for a lifetime? Jacques and Irene interview Drs Andrea Kohn and Leonid Moroz from the University of Florida, who are studying the nervous system of marine species to understand the complex universe of our brain.

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Climate change – Adventures in Genomics

Climate change threatened and influenced animal and plant populations since ancient times. Jacques and Irene interview Beth Shapiro, from UCSC, who is using ancient DNA to understand these effects. Ultimately, she aims at providing information on how climate change will influence currently living species.

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Canine Genetics – Adventures in Genomics

Dogs are our loyal companions who share our environment, food, and even some diseases. Jacques and Irene visit Adam Boyko, whose team at Cornell University has collected genetic samples from village dogs in 38 countries. Find out how dog genetics studies can be used to improve dog health and even human health.

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The Power of Mitochondrial DNA Heteroplasmy - Adventures in Genomics

In forensics, sometimes samples are so degraded that traditional DNA extractions and methods may not work. Jacques and Irene with Mitch Holland explain how high-throughput sequencing is...

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Microbial Genomics of Extremely Polluted Environments - Adventures in Genomics

Superfund sites are heavily polluted and toxic environments that are typically far from large population centers. The Gowanus Canal, however, is in the middle of New York City surrounded by approximately...

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