Greenwood continues to increase its role and competitiveness as an international provider of genetic services with the commitment of more than $1.75 million from the Greenwood Genetic Center (GGC). The investment was made in advanced laboratory tools and a state-of-the-art aquaculture facility. The Center has invested in laboratory equipment, including a NovaSeq DNA sequencing system and a confocal microscopy system. Additionally, the Center has constructed on-site an advanced aquaculture facility that is the largest zebrafish facility in the state.
“The NovaSeq is the most powerful sequencer available, and through a collaboration between GGC and Clemson’s Center for Human Genetics, the only one in South Carolina is here in Greenwood” said the Director of the Greenwood Genetic Center, Dr. Steve Skinner. “This instrument not only increases our DNA sequencing capacity and ability to diagnose complex patients through whole genome sequencing, but also provides genomic data to advance Clemson’s studies and GGC’s zebrafish models with the ultimate goal of improving patient health and quality of life.”
The Illumina NovaSeq 6000 System offers high-throughput sequencing across a broad range of applications. The NovaSeq also meets the research needs of both GGC and the Clemson Center for Human Genetics with unprecedented throughput at the lowest cost per sample.
The Hazel and Bill Allin Aquaculture Facility, already in operation in the JC Self Research Institute on the GGC’s Greenwood campus, will ultimately house 10,000 zebrafish that will be used to study genetic disorders, learn about the genes that underlie them, and identify new ways to treat them. Zebrafish are a useful model organism for studying human genetic diseases partly because they share approximately 70% of genes with humans. 85% of disease-causing genes in humans have a zebrafish counterpart.
Currently, the 107,000 sf Greenwood Genetic Center employs 185 people, including 35 M.D.’s and Ph.D.’s, and provides over 30,000 laboratory tests annually.
Greenwood City Mayor Brandon Smith is excited to see this expansion. “We are excited to see the growth at the Greenwood Genetic Center and know the future is bright for their campus. We envision the Genetic Center playing a central role in Greenwood’s next era.”