The Centre for Epidemic Response and Innovation (CERI) at Stellenbosch University recently concluded an intensive RNA sequencing training program from October 16th to 23rd.
The Centre for Epidemic Response and Innovation (CERI) at Stellenbosch University recently concluded an intensive RNA sequencing training program from October 16th to 23rd. This initiative was a joint effort between CERI, KwaZulu-Natal Research and Innovation Sequencing Platform (KRISP), and SEPARATIONS, aiming to equip scientists with the expertise needed to harness the power of RNA sequencing, utilizing both human and plant samples.
RNA sequencing is a cutting-edge technology that plays a crucial role in scientific research. Dr. Yeshnee Naidoo, Laboratory Head for CERI, explained, "RNA sequencing allows us to uncover the expression levels of genes in different types of cells, employing Next Generation Sequencing (NGS). It provides a window into cell biology, enabling us to pinpoint changes that may signify the onset of diseases". In agriculture, RNA sequencing plays a pivotal role by aiding scientists in evaluating the functions of genes related to stress resistance and crop survival improvement. By providing researchers with this critical skillset, CERI and KRISP are empowering them to explore new frontiers in their respective fields and answer pressing research questions.
Tebogo Ramakutoane, a Lab Technician at CERI and a participant in the training program, expressed his enthusiasm, saying, "It is one of the techniques we have wanted to add to the laboratory for a while. It helps CERI and KRISP to expand their service offering for genome sequencing". This training not only enriches the knowledge of researchers but also enhances the capabilities of CERI and KRISP in providing comprehensive genomic sequencing solutions.
The successful production of RNA sequencing data has been made possible through the utilization of advanced Illumina platforms at CERI and KRISP. These state-of-the-art instruments include the NovaSeq 6000 at CERI and the NextSeq 2000 instruments, available at both CERI and KRISP.
Researchers and scientists interested in leveraging these cutting-edge instruments or the services offered by CERI and KRISP can reach out to them for more information. This collaboration stands as a testament to the commitment of these institutions to advancing scientific knowledge and fostering groundbreaking discoveries in genomics.
In the pursuit of scientific progress, the RNA sequencing training offered by CERI and KRISP is a vital stepping stone, enabling researchers to unveil the mysteries of genomics and catalyzing advancements in disease diagnosis and agriculture research.
News date: 2023-11-08
KRISP has been created by the coordinated effort of the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) and the South African Medical Research Countil (SAMRC).