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A week of QMB
9 meetings, 6 days, 1 earthquake on leaving. Departure day for many of the attendees was marked by the large quake in Canterbury (felt in Queenstown) and our thoughts are with those scientists and friends in the affected areas.
This year was the first year for dnature as a trade exhibitor - many thanks to everyone who came by the stand/entered competitions/talked qPCR and high resolution melting analysis (HRMA). As I was talking in the MapNet meeting about HRMA it was great to see the number of people now using this method for various SNP and mapping applications.
On our stand we featured the Eco qPCR instrument - a lot of interest for both qPCR and HRMA users as well. To tie in with the 'eco' theme we featured the prize of top NZ wine from biodynamic (or 'eco' - sorry James!) producer Millton here in Gisborne. Congratulations to Phillip Wilcox from Scion in Rotorua who won the prize. For those that want to see more about the wine, check out www.millton.co.nz. I recommend the Viognier - a variety we discovered on moving to Gisborne.
For those that couldn't be at QMB this year, you can see a small part of it at the QMB Facebook page . . .Matthew Barnett's 20th anniversary song to QMB. Fashionomics, anthem. . . .what's coming next year? Another Queenstown Research Week, that's what. Thanks to Peter Shepherd and team, Dinamics team for a mind-boggling juggle of venues and registrations and look forward to seeing you at QRW next year.