The 108th annual American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) meeting was held April 1–5 in Washington, DC. The conference had record attendance of 21,900 registrants. The total number of exhibitors was 497.
The exhibit was a showcase for several new products, in particular, products for NGS. 10x Genomics launched the Chromium Single Cell V(D)J Solution for profiling full-length paired V(D)J transcripts from hundreds to millions of lymphocytes. (From nature.com, “VDJ recombination is the process by which T cells and B cells randomly assemble different gene segments—known as variable (V), diversity (D) and joining (J) genes—in order to generate unique receptors [known as antigen receptors] that can collectively recognize many different types of molecule.”) Antigen specificity is thus determined by two co-expressed genes, the heavy and light chains of the B-cell receptor, and the alpha and beta chains of the T-cell receptor. Read more