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Illumina Research and Innovation

At Illumina, innovation and research align with a commitment to scientific access, data, and community. These values underpin our leadership in genomics research and clinical applications.

Our scientists help drive progress in how we aggregate, analyze, and interpret genomic data for meaningful insights. Illumina research fuels innovative ways to study, diagnose, and treat disease. Explore some of our latest efforts here.

Recent Discoveries by Illumina Scientists

Inside DRAGEN and what enables efficient secondary analysis at scale

The Illumina DRAGEN secondary analysis pipeline has been established as a trusted, comprehensive, accurate, and fast solution that helps NGS users retrieve maximal information out of their data. DRAGEN analysis onboard the NovaSeq X offers a unique, cost-effective way for users to analyze the enormous amount of data generated.

NovaSeq X v1.2 software enables sequencing with 80% of bases >= Q40

In this article, we highlight the improvements to sequencing and calibration workflows that enable the NovaSeq X to deliver 85% of bases in the highest quality bin (Q40) with excellent correlation to empirical accuracy; the use of PCR-free library preps in the Q-score calibration process; and the data management and cost benefits of quantizing the Q scores to three bins.

Wastewater AMR surveillance with a broad probe-capture precision metagenomics (PMG) panel

The UPIP Enrichment Kit was designed for broad, accurate detection of microbial and AMR sequences. To examine its performance in wastewater AMR surveillance, we sequenced wastewater samples with and without UPIP enrichment on the NovaSeq 6000 System, generating on average 300 million total reads per sample, and compared the AMR yield across different downsampled sequencing depths.

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Open-Source Bioinformatics Tools

Explore a broad range of free open-source software tools provided and maintained by Illumina.

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Developer Portal

Start with powerful Illumina software, then use the APIs to customize your workflow from sample to insight.

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Informatics Portfolio

Our comprehensive software tools offer rapid, accurate secondary analysis, flexible and secure data storage, scalable infrastructure, and more.

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Metagenomics, COVID-19, & Emerging Pathogens

Robert Schlaberg and Lauge Farnaes from IdByDNA discuss use of metagenomics to identify emerging pathogens.

Genomic Tumor Profiling and Precision Oncology

Dr. Rachel Sanborn of the Providence Cancer Institute explains how genomics technologies are empowering precision oncology.

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Genomics News

Merging discovery with clinical care at Ontario Institute for Cancer Research
Merging discovery with clinical care at Ontario Institute for Cancer Research

Inside the Canadian icon pushing the boundaries of precision oncology

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Efficient cloud data analysis for COPD multiomics project
Efficient cloud data analysis for COPD multiomics project

Researchers at Okayama University in Japan use Illumina Connected Analytics with DRAGEN pipelines for analyzing whole-genome, exome, transcriptome, and metagenome data

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Preventing postoperative infections one NGS assay at a time
Preventing postoperative infections one NGS assay at a time

During World AMR Awareness Week, a new study shows the benefit of NGS-guided treatment to prevent more infections than standard care

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