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About Us: History

The Northwest Genomics Center at the University of Washington was founded in 2009, through an NHLBI grant allocation from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). In addition to being the largest sequencing center in the Pacific Northwest, we are also proud to have helped develop targeted capture and massively parallel sequencing of human exomes (Ng et al. 2009). This novel method revolutionized exome sequencing at the time. Our center has consistently utilized next-generation sequencing methods using the Illumina sequencing by synthesis platforms, starting with the Genome Analyzer to now operating some of the most cutting edge platforms available, including the NovaSeq 6000, HiSeq X, HiSeq 4000, and the NextSeq 500. Since 2009, we have sequenced tens of thousands of samples, including whole genomes, exomes, RNA sequencing and custom targets. While our center has grown, our commitment to producing innovative methods, the highest quality data, and custom analysis products has never changed.

Ng SB, Turner EH, Robertson PD, et al. Targeted Capture and Massively Parallel Sequencing of Twelve Human Exomes. Nature. 2009;461(7261):272-276. doi:10.1038/nature08250.

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