Ireland opens "next generation" DNA sequencing hub
Dublin – Trinity College of Dublin's Institute of Molecular Medicine has opened Ireland´s first next generation DNA sequencing facility. The platform, built upon the current market-leading “Illumina Genome Analyzer II“ platform, was initiated by Irish Minister for Science, Technology & Innovation, Conor Lenihan T.D. and is funded with a €557,724 grant from the Science Foundation Ireland (SFI). The new ultra-high throughput DNA sequencing facility enables the research into the molecular mechanisms underlying human diseases such as cancer, psychiatric disorders, infectious diseases and conditions affecting the immune system. The technology will help identify causative or risk genes involved in the development of these illnesses. This, in turn, has the potential to accelerate the search for new drug therapies and diagnosis methods. By doing so, it will help fill Ireland´s drug discovery pipelines, improve patient care and serve as the basis for international scientific collaboration.