31 August 2015
Forensic DNA experts throughout North America demonstrated why they love next-generation sequencing in Illumina’s first ‘NGS is Awesome LEGO build contest’. Entrants illustrated how awesome NGS is with a MiSeq FGx™ Forensic Genomics Instrument LEGO® Kit. Three lucky winners will receive a trip to the International Symposium on Human Identification held in Dallas Texas on October 12-15. Prize includes flight, hotel and ISHI registration.
Ten finalists were ranked by the Illumina Forensic Genomics Team, and three lucky winners were selected based on popular vote. Final voting took place August 7–14, 2015.
Let's all congratulate the three winners and learn what they are looking forward to at ISHI:
Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis
"I am looking forward to hearing about all of the inspiring forensic research taking place in laboratories all over the world!"
Ann Marie Gross
BCA Forensic Science Laboratory
"I’m really looking forward to meeting with colleagues and discussing collaborations to move NGS into forensic casework."
University of North Texas Health Science Center
"I'm really looking forward to meeting and talking with wonderful people, because there is no international forensic conference such as ISHI in Japan."
Here are their winning submissions:
Krystal Breslin, Guardians of the Genome
Ann Marie Gross, NGS-'The Next Great Step' in identifying the unidentified