Malaysia-based company completes genomics milestone

Kuala Lumpur, 17 November 2011 Malaysian Genomics Resource Centre Berhad (MGRC) today announced that it has successfully completed its 100th human genome from a diverse mix of Malaysian, European and Australian individuals.

The results of the data generated from these genomes has helped in efforts to identify and compare highly represented patterns of common and clinically-relevant genetic variations within Malaysian and other populations, and to establish robust bioinformatics protocols for the reference-based analysis of genomic information.

MGRC Chief Scientific Officer, Dr Stephen Rudd, explained, “By reaching this milestone, MGRC has clearly demonstrated its capabilities in sequencing and analysing human genomes. It also further highlights the fact that genomics technologies and expertise are available in Malaysia for both the local and international life sciences community.”

The experience of analysing 100 human genomes has enabled MGRC to enhance its analytical pipelines and its proprietary Human Genome Browser. This puts the Company in the position of now being able to sequence and analyse a human genome in less than two weeks.

These pipelines are already being used in the MyGenome Project to characterise patterns of human genetic variation in the Malaysian population. The MyGenome Project is a collaborative effort among Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI), Malaysia Genome Institute (MGI), and MGRC. It was launched in November 2010 and it involves the deep sequencing and comprehensive bioinformatics analysis of 25 genomes from ethnic groups in Malaysia.

About Malaysian Genomics Resource Centre Berhad
Malaysian Genomics Resource Centre Berhad (MGRC) provides genome sequencing, bioinformatics analysis, and genetic screening services. The company�s expertise is in the rapid sequencing and analysis of large volumes of genetic data. Since 2004, MGRC has developed extensive experience in the sequencing and analysis of human, animal, plant and microbial genomes, including large complex de novo genome assembly, for customers in Malaysia and overseas. Today MGRC operates one of the largest computational centres for genetic analysis in the region.