Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Sneak Peak: RNA-Sequencing Applications in Cancer Research: From fastq to differential gene expression, splicing and mutational analysis

Join us next Tuesday, April 12 at 10:00 am PST for a webinar focused on RNA-Seq applications in breast cancer research.

The field of cancer genomics is advancing quickly. News reports from the annual American Association of Cancer Research meeting are indicating that whole genome sequencing studies such as the 50 breast cancer genomes (WashU) are providing more clues about the genes that may be affected in cancer. Meanwhile, the ACLU/Myriad Genetics legal action over genetic testing for breast cancer mutations and disease predisposition continues to move towards the supreme court.

Breast cancer, like many other cancers, is complex.  Sequencing genomes is one way to interrogate cancer biology. However, the genome sequence data in isolation does not tell the complete story. The RNA, representing expressed genes, their isoforms, and non-coding RNA molecules, needs to be measured too. In this webinar, Eric Olson, Geospiza's VP of product development and principal designer of GeneSifter Analysis Edition, will explore the RNA world of breast cancer and present how you can explore existing data to develop new insights.

Next Generation Sequencing applications allow biomedical researchers to examine the expression of tens of thousands of genes at once, giving researchers the opportunity to examine expression across entire genomes. RNA Sequencing applications such as Tag Profiling, Small RNA and Whole Transcriptome Analysis can identify and characterize both known and novel transcripts, splice junctions and non-coding RNAs. These sequencing based-applications also allow for the examination of nucleotide variant. Next Generation Sequencing and these RNA applications allow researchers to examine the cancer transcriptome at an unprecedented level. This presentation will provide an overview of the gene expression data analysis process for these applications with an emphasis on identification of differentially expressed genes, identification of novel transcripts and characterization of alternative splicing as well as variant analysis and small RNA expression. Using data drawn from the GEO data repository and the Short Read Archive, NGS Tag Profiling, Small RNA and NGS Whole Transcriptome Analysis data will be examined in Breast Cancer.

You can register at the webex site, or view the slides after the presentation.

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