Next-generation sequencing technology has become a cornerstone of agricultural genomics. Since 2001, the cost of sequencing has dropped from approximately $5,292 per million basepairs of DNA down to approximately 20 cents. What was once feasible only under very special circumstances, the sequencing of an organism’s entire genome, has now become commonplace. The sequencing of parental varieties and even entire breeding populations unlocks opportunities to perform high resolution trait mapping, advanced genomic selection, and enhanced IP and varietal protection that would have been unthinkable only a few years before. Verinomics accesses all of the latest sequencing technology, including Illumina, Oxford Nanopore, PacBio, and 10X Genomics, at the lowest cost and highest quality.
Sequencing DNA is only the first step in accessing its potential. Hundreds of gigabytes or even terabytes of raw sequence information must be processed using high-performance computing clusters and specialized algorithms to produce a detailed map of specific genome. From this map, critical information such as candidate trait genes, genomic-estimated breeding values, and varietal finger prints can be extracted. Verinomics meets these research objectives and communicates them directly to client researchers and breeders through the Genomics Dashboard and direct links between clients and Verinomics researchers.