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Site Inspection for GS FLX
Angeline Wang, a site inspector for Roche arrived from Taiwan on the 28 June to cast her eye over the preparations we had made to install the GS FLX system in Dunedin. This process involved checking power supplies, ancillary equipment, lab lay out, work flow plans, even the centrifuge rotor was checked. Thankfully we passed inspection and we were given the go-ahead to proceed to the next stage of Installation and training.
GS FLX Arrival
The GS FLX Sequencer was delivered to the Wellcome Building at 2pm on the 20 July. It remained in its box decorating the Wellcome Building Foyer until the 25 July when it was expertly unpacked by Roger Zumsteg, a Roche engineer who had flown out from Switzerland. Roger, with help from Paul the local Roche engineer, spent the next two days installing and commissioning our sequencer, which performed brilliantly. After two days, Roger was back on a plane to Switzerland.
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GS FLX Training
Training for the GS FLX commenced early on the 30 July. Ulrike Ludewig came from Penzberg in Germany to teach us how to use the GS FLX, from preparing DNA for sequencing through to analysis of the results. She also checked that our machine was performing to expectations. Our group consisted of Jo-Anne Stanton, Gemma Payne, Tracey Van Stijn and two bioinformaticists, Chris Mason and Rudiger Brauning. During the week of training we made two high quality genomic libraries and generated over 109,000,000 base pairs of sequence. Ulrike was a fabulous teacher and we all thoroughly enjoyed our week of sequencing.
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