BioNano Genomics: Revealing true genome structure with optical mapping!
Straight out of San Diego, California, comes next-generation mapping letting you study those all-important structural variations in the genome.
Just a few miles from the waves of tourists visiting San Diego’s quirky beach towns, scientists at BioNano Genomics are working on something special: physical genome mapping. Leading the field in this area, the mid-stage life sciences company is helping to bolster the high growth genomics hub in San Diego.
Utilising proprietary nano-technology, BioNano has revolutionised mapping and its applications to enable researchers to reveal the hidden structural elements of the genome otherwise hidden from other technologies. Early genomic research began with the pursuit of a physical genome map—a perspective that would allow researchers to directly view the relative positions and orientations of the functional genome elements and make associations between genomic events across large segments of a genome. The cost and time required (typically months) to generate physical maps were prohibitive, driving researchers to find new ways to explore the genome.
Find out more about BioNano Genomics and their next generation approach to mapping the genome in our San Diego Spotlight issue of the Front Line Genomics magazine!