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RNGS19: Tech & Science intertwined

2 April 2019

The 3rd edition of Revolutionizing Next-Generation Sequencing has shown first-hand how intertwined technology and science have become.

On 25-26 March 2019, the 3rd edition of Revolutionizing Next-Generation Sequencing took place in Antwerp, Belgium.

It was an intense 2 days full of exciting new technologies and discoveries, with excellent lectures by world renowned scientists and pioneers in development of novel technologies.

Single cell omics tools now rapidly seem to pervade every aspect of life sciences and single molecule sequencers can now read DNA molecules of over 2 million bases in one go at an ever improving fidelity. The ingenuity and capabilities of some of the tools presented seemed science fiction at first, even whilst producing very real data. The combined measurement of virtually every aspect of biology (e.g. RNA abundance and DNA mutations) in cells in their native tissue seems no longer a fancy dream, but a very likely possibility.

Asides the science, plenty of time for networking allowed attendees to meet and greet, discuss novel strategies and plant new seeds for further collaborations. The quality of the meeting was also seen in the extremely high level of science presented on the poster sessions, where over 60 authors from academia and industry presented novel results and shared their experiences and ideas.

RNGS19 was an extremely invigorating meeting highlighting many scientific opportunities to come. We cannot wait to see what the future will bring and how the potential seen on the conference will translate in novel future scientific achievements.

The organizing committee: Bernard Thienpont, Jeroen Raes, Mojca Strazisar, Silvie Van den Hoecke & Stefaan Derveaux.

We took some photos during the meeting. You can find them on our Facebook page.

Infographic part 1 - RNGS3
Infographic part 2 - RNGS3