FREE AMR sample sequencing by PGC DNA Sequencing

The DNA Sequencing Core Facility (DSCF) in partnership with Golden Bat and QIAGEN is conducting a FREE sequencing of AMR samples from April 17-19, 2023.
Interested participants shall write a one-page rationale on why they need their sample/s sequenced and send it to [email protected] with the subject: AMR Sequencing [Entry]_Affiliation_Name
Deadline for entries is on March 31, 2023. For more information, contact Ma. Celeste S. Abad at [email protected] or [email protected] and/or call 981-8500 loc. 4707
Details on how to send accepted samples will follow.

PGC SARS-CoV-2 Bulletin No. 8: Detection of the first 500 SARS-CoV-2 Omicron Variant in the Philippines

This variant, with its more than 30 mutations in the Spike region is hypothesized to be over twice as infectious and twice more likely to escape current vaccines than the Delta variant. Currently, Omicron consists of four (4) phylogenetic lineages: the main lineage B.1.1.529 and its three (3) sublineages: BA.1, BA.2, and BA.3. Based on global statistics, BA.1 is the predominant Omicron lineage being detected worldwide, but a recent increase in the proportion of BA.2 cases has also been observed.

GxB CON 2021: Overcoming Challenges, Building Opportunities

The Philippine Genome Center (PGC) is hosting the Genomics and Bioinformatics Conference 2021 on December 7-9, themed Overcoming Challenges, Building Opportunities—the 3-day conference will consist of talks from experts in health, agriculture, livestock, and fisheries as well as in biodiversity, ethnicity, and forensics.

DOST, UP to inaugurate cutting-edge analytical facility for proteomics research

The new facility under the supervision of Dr. Neil Andrew D. Bascos, has been preparing for this much-awaited launch since last year. Together with his team of young researchers, they have been working on standardizing and optimizing laboratory protocols, and establishing research networks, to promote the use of multi-Omics technologies throughout the Philippines.

Response to the 09 June 2021 statement of Dr. Maximilian Larena and Prof. Mattias Jakobson on the conduct of their Genomic Study on the Filipino Past

Since the Philippine Genome Center is mentioned and we have received numerous queries from colleagues in the country and the region, we are compelled to issue this Statement to address the following:
– the possible inference (from the way the Statement is written) that the head of the Philippine Genome Center’s (PGC) Program on Forensics and Ethnicity connived with the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) and Philippine Health Ethics Research Board (PHREB) against Dr. Larena and Prof. Jakobsson’s research or is responsible for their actions; and
– the imputation that the ethical issues raised by these agencies and PGC aim to discredit “good research” because the head of PGC’s Program on Forensics and Ethnicity is pursuing similar genetic research.

PGC Mindanao engages in a collaborative SARS-COV-2 genomics study using a portable sequencing platform

The Oxford Nanopore MinION is a portable sequencer and has the lowest instrument cost among all sequencing platforms with a 97.5 to >99.3% raw read accuracy (Oxford Nanopore Technologies, 2021). The technology has demonstrated its utility for sequencing biological entities, from the simple nano-sized viruses to complex plants and animals, generating sequence information that is sufficient to provide comprehensive insights into the underlying genome architecture. It has also been validated to produce SARS-CoV-2 consensus sequences with the same accuracy as other sequencing platforms (Bull et al., 2020 and Charre et al., 2020).