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Announcing the Winners of The Scientist’s Top 10 Innovations of 2014
As 2014 draws to a close, The Scientist highlights the laboratory and research products introduced in the past year that are poised to revolutionize the life sciences.
By: The Scientist
The Top 5 winners of this year’s competition focus on genome sequencing: tools to do the actual sequencing, technologies to make it easier to prepare genetic regions for sequencing, and a processor that can handle the avalanche of data that results from such analyses. Other winning products include a human liver model, updates to a superresolution imaging platform, and a diagnostic test that reduces the risk of harmful blood transfusion reactions.
The winners of The Scientist’s Top 10 Innovations of 2014 contest are:
1) DRAGEN Bio-IT Processor (Edico Genome) – This bioinformatics processor reduces the computational cost and increases speed of analyzing genomic sequence data.
2) MiSeqDX Sequencing System (Illumina) – This benchtop sequencer is the first next-generation sequencing tool approved by the US Food and Drug Administration for use in clinical diagnostics.
3) HiSeq X Ten Sequencing System (Illumina) – This platform enables whole-genome sequencing at population-level scales at the long-sought-
4) IrysChip V2 (BioNano Genomics, Inc.) – This tool provides a high-throughput platform for the visualization of large-scale genomic structure, with applications for mapping, assembly, and evolutionary analyses.
5) RainDrop Digital PCR System (RainDance Technologies)
6) Leica TCS SP8 STED 3X (Leica Microsystems CMS GmBH) – This update to the TCS SP8 STED superresolution platform allows researchers to peer deeper than ever into cells to image molecular function in 3-D at several frames per second.
7) exVive3D Liver model (Organovo, Inc.) – This in vitro model mimics the macro and micro 3-D structure of the human liver, providing an experimental system that closely models in vivo human liver function.
8) HAP1 Cells (Haplogen Genomics GmbH) – These clonal knockout haploid cell lines are engineered using CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing technology. More than 800 human gene knockouts are currently available, in addition to custom-made knockout cell lines.
9) PreciseType HEA Test (Immucor) – This molecular diagnostic test screens for 35 red blood cell antigens, allowing for faster and more accurate blood donor/patient matching, reducing the risk of harmful transfusion-
10) Sciencescape.net (Sciencescape)
Congratulations to all of this year’s winners. Be sure to visit The Scientist http://www.the-
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