Molecular Genetics eNews

June 2018 edition

We know that in a busy world it’s not always easy to find time to keep-up-to-date with new developments. This newsletter provides a quick update on the products and support available for you from Oxford Gene Technology.

We have a troubleshooting poster for microarrays, a great tool to help streamline your lab process - you can order a free copy for your lab wall too. Take a look also at our scientific poster exhibited at AMP Europe (April 2018).

Plus, find out more about our Field Application Specialists (FAS), on hand to offer you support in your lab when you need it.

Kind regards,

Gareth Thomson, VP Sales, Europe

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CytoSure™ Cancer array

Shown here is a CLL research sample run on the CytoSure Consortium Cancer +SNP array (8x60k) with a deletion and corresponding LOH

Are you considering adopting arrays for CNV analysis in cancer research?

If so, read about our CytoSure cancer arrays to learn which array will best suit the needs of your laboratory and how our proprietary SNP technology allows our arrays to use any reference sample with no restriction digest required. This allows for paired normal DNA to be used as a reference and removing a digest that could compromise your samples.


With three different designs available, OGT microarrays can cater to any lab’s requirement.

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The Analysis of FFPE Samples by Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS) of Key Genes for Research into Breast and Ovarian Cancer

The Analysis of FFPE Samples by NGS of Key Genes for Research into Breast and Ovarian Cancer

Presented at AMP Europe 2018, this poster illustrates the confident detection of germline and somatic variants in key cancer-related genes when the SureSeq™ hybridisation-based approach is utilised in conjunction with the SureSeq FFPE Repair Mix.

The superior uniformity of coverage and excellent sensitivity facilitated the identification of one or more deleterious TP53 variant(s) with minor allele frequencies (MAF) ranging from 1 to 87% and additional low-level BRCA1 variants in 100 type II epithelial ovarian cancer (EOC) tissue samples.

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Array Troubleshooting Poster

Poster: What's wrong with my arrays?

Array comparative genomic hybridisation (aCGH) is established as the tool of choice for finding CNVs and LOH in clinical genetics research.

However, the quality of the data provided by aCGH is highly dependent on good quality processing of samples. In order to help guide you through the most common troubleshooting issues when using arrays, we have created a new poster titled ‘What’s wrong with my arrays?’

The poster covers not only common issues and how to troubleshoot them, but also describes useful QC metrics and why these are important to review when analysing your data.

To request a free printed copy please contact us at

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Support for you from our experts

Peter Gray, Field Application Scientist, Europe

Peter Gray, Field Application Scientist, Europe"I have over 15 years’ experience working with Microarrays including working with NGS and Microarrays in the quality accredited services laboratory. Here, I delivered fast turnaround on service projects ranging from 1 to 1000s of samples for Whole exome sequencing, aCGH analysis and Gene expression arrays."

"In my current role as European FAS my aim is to deliver a high level of customer support for OGT microarray and NGS products to new customers as well as on-going training and troubleshooting for existing customers."

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Kicki Bergefall, Field Application Support Manager

Kicki Bergefall, Field Application Support Manager"I have over 10 years’ experience as a Field Application Scientist supporting mostly array and NGS customers. I am an avid promoter for technical support."

"I have in the past supported research customers for products like Sequence Capture, Sequencing, arrays and NGS library preparation."

"I will always strive to support customers from first decision making, finding the right product through to full implementation."

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