RAD-Seq Expert Blogger: Welcome Rick Nipper

Dear reader,

As a new author here at the NGS Expert Blog, I wanted to take a few minutes to introduce myself, company and the cutting-edge genomics technology my team specializes in.

My name is Rick Nipper and I am the President of a company called Floragenex. You can learn a bit more about my scientific background on LinkedIn.

rad-seqOver the past 5 years, I’ve worked with the dedicated group at Floragenex to provide genomic services around a new and innovative technology called RAD Sequencing (RAD-Seq).

What is RAD-Seq? RAD stands for Restriction site Associated DNA Sequencing. At it’s core, RAD-Seq is a genomic sequencing strategy. The concept combines a unique library prep protocol with Illumina NGS, to sequence anywhere from 0.1 to 10% of a selected genome. This “complexity reduction” approach to sequencing a genome offers significant advantages compared to other common NGS approaches:

  1. Dynamic. RAD-Seq provides the ability to examine thousands to tens of thousands of genetic loci simultaneously across a genome, depending on your research need.
  2.  Flexible: RAD-Seq has been used as an effective tool across a variety of molecular studies across genetic marker identification, population genetics, linkage mapping, phylogenetics and genome selection
  3.  Speed: RAD-Seq can offer significant time-savings compared to alternative methods.
  4.  Bioinformatics: RAD-Seq projects usually require less next-gen sequencing than other approaches, leading to faster and more streamlined analysis.
  5.  Cost:  Because RAD-Seq is designed to examine a smaller fraction of a genome, it is an economical and cost-effective method for next-gen sequencing of hundreds of samples.

Want to know a bit more about RAD-Seq and how it is being used? There are over 70 publications showcasing the use of the technology. Here are a few I’ve personally been involved in over the years:

Drop me a line if you have any questions about these publications. In the next few months, I’ll continue to post here, highlighting interesting uses of RAD-Seq in the literature, how the technology can help drive research and talking more about some publications in which we’ve been involved.

Rick Nipper
President, Floragenex

Rick Nipper

About Rick Nipper

Rick stands for RAD-Seq. He is our guest expert blogger from Floragenex.

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