This excerpt taken from the HLCS 8-K filed May 14, 2009.
the tedious and costly molecular biology steps required for traditional preparation, it is a powerful strategy that can allow scientists to identify structural and functional characteristics of the genome and transcriptome. This technical achievement was presented at various scientific conferences throughout the quarter. Helicos expects its paired read technology to be available to customers during the second half of 2009.
· The first human genome ever sequenced outside of a genome center was completed using a Helicos Genetic Analysis System by Dr. Steve Quake at Stanford University. Dr. Quake first noted the project in a March 2009 New York Times online discussion (http://judson.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/03/03/guest-column-genome-mania/).
· Helicos was featured prominently at The Biology of Genomes meeting at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in May. At the meeting, Helicos scientists and their collaborators, including scientists from the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT, University of Massachusetts Medical Center, Cold Spring Harbor and Boston College, presented scientific results using the Helicos Genetic Analysis System describing novel views of genome structure and function, and the high productivity gains available from single molecule sequencing versus the competing next-gen platforms.
· Helicos scientists demonstrated technical feasibility of sequencing RNA directly and sequencing the DNA or RNA of degraded samples an important aspect of the genomic analysis of tumors in clinical research where the process involved in the storage of the tumor tissue degrades the DNA or RNA to levels that are hard to analyze using traditional genetic analysis techniques.
· Helicos added RNA sequencing, copy number variation, ChIPSeq, and small RNA analysis to its repertoire of supported applications.