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NGS in Animal Health - Today's Applications and Future Perspectives?


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By executing a survey we addressed different questions about current and future perspectives of NGS applications in animal health including research, diagnostics in farming and companion animals, pathogen characterization and genotyping, as well as vaccine development.
This information will help to understand the current status and the future perspectives of NGS application in animal health.

Survey Results (June 2016)

We thank all participants for taking the survey. Most participants are from central Europe and North America reflecting the regions were NGS is most often applied and corresponding to our expert network.

For correct result interpretation it has to be considered that percentage values correspond to the percentage of participants that answered the question and not to the percentage of participants that took the survey, as not all questions were answered by all participants.

The results of the survey are explained in the next paragraphs and will give a better overview about NGS application in animal health. The number of participants that took the survey is lower as expected. One major reason therefore is the limited application of NGS in animal health. Furthermore, we obtained lots of feedback from clients that believe that they do not have the experiences or expertise in NGS to take the survey.

Different bias in the results can be observed. First, based on the survey language (English) regions like South America, Africa and Asia are underrepresented. Second, due to our network and the current major NGS application most participants work in research institutes and diagnostic laboratories. Third, the answer to the question “what will hamper NGS most in animal health” is biased. The answer “missing knowledge” will be underestimated as many participants with less experiences in NGS did not took the survey at all. Almost all participants work in the fields of animal health related to farm animals or with zoonotic pathogens, we obtained only very few answers from participants working with companion animals.

NGS is currently clearly most often applied in animal health in research projects followed by genotyping (epidemiology) and detection of unknown pathogens or for unsolved diagnostic samples. According to our results, Influenza is the pathogen in animal health wherefore NGS will probably be applied most often in the future.

Frequently mentioned problems and concerns for NGS application in animal health are high sequencing costs, long time to results and the complex workflow and data analysis.

Read more about NGS application in animal health (detailed survey results)


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