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5th November 2019  Author: Paul Carton

Win $25000 Worth of Cultivation And Isolation for Your Microbiome Project

If you’re stuck with archaic cultivation techniques on your microbiome project but feel it should be given the attention it deserves, then you might have a chance to avail of novel high-throughput cultivation and sequencing with GALT and CosmosID

General Automation Lab Technologies (GALT) and CosmosID are rewarding the best microbiome project $25000 worth of cultivation and isolation using GALT’s Prospector system, with Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) performed by CosmosID.

The GALT Prospector™ system is a novel high-throughput platform for cultivating microbial isolates from complex microbiome samples. The system is based on microfabricated arrays that contain thousands of nanoscale isolation and cultivation chambers. When a microbial sample is loaded onto the array, individual microbes’ self-sort into the chambers, which are designed to support growth into single-strain microcolonies. After incubation, the Prospector System automatically samples microbial microcolonies of interest and transfers cells to standard multi-well plates for downstream analysis.

Molecular methods have shone a light on the diversity of microbiomes in nature. But there has been little work done on improving the culturing techniques which would allow laboratories to perform testing mechanisms and dosing on these organisms. With the GALT Prospector system, using its fabricated array of nanowells, single bacterial cells are distributed and cultured in isolation, facilitating the recovery of diverse organisms.

Speaking to Daniel Levine on ‘The Bio Report’ podcast, co-founder and CEO of GALT, Peter Christie highlighted three advantages of the GALT system:

  • It greatly reduces the time and effort used to do cultivation experiments.
  • It is very compact, both in the sense of data and space. 
  • Due to its high-throughput power, it has more sampling points per device than other methods out there.

Researchers may enter the challenge program by submitting a short abstract proposing a project that would make use of the GALT and CosmosID technologies. Abstract submission opens on October 30, 2019, and closes at midnight PST on November 30, 2019. A committee from GALT and CosmosID will select the winning abstract based on research creativity, scientific impact, and innovation.

For full contest details and terms, please visit: www.galt-inc.com/2019-scientific-challenge



Date Published: 5th November 2019

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