To provide the AIRR Community with biological calibrators and reagents for evaluation of AIRR-seq.
The Biological Resources Working Group is responsible for coordinating the development of reference samples that can be used as controls. The working group will reach out to established organizations such as NIST and Genome in a Bottle, as well as companies like ATCC and Novartis to help encourage ease of use and broad adoption.
The goal of the working group is to be able to recommend a set of biological standards that can be used for normalization of data sets. This will allow more direct comparison of data generated by different library prep methods. Ultimately they would like to have DNA and RNA spike-ins, in addition to cell mixes that can be used for this purpose.
Plans for 2019/2020 include:
- Submit a manuscript reviewing biological standards and other analytical controls for immune repertoire profiling experiments by NGS
- Identify the prioritized control and critical application(s) thereof (also, if we are creating a brand new standard, we need to consider funding applications)
- Develop a proposal for industry (Takarabio as the first target) with a value proposition for production and testing of the control.
- Evaluate products
- Outreach to academic and commercial partners
- Produce and share selected calibrators and reagents
- Labs/protocols for production
- Legal agreements for distribution
- Lab survey on standard B cell and T cell samples, including calibrators (MiAIRR data compliant)
- Define statistical measures (in collaboration with other WGs)
- Validated reagents
- Publication: review on existing reagents and application
Co-leaders: Maggie Bostick and Encarnita Mariotti-Ferrandiz
Members: Francisco Arcila, Davide Bagnara, Pierre Bareness, Maggie Bostick (Co-lead), Christian Busse, Elaine Chen, Lindsay Cowell, Anne Eugster, Marie Paule Lefranc, Nina Luning Prak, Encarnita Mariotti-Ferrandiz (Co-lead), Aimee Payne, Jacob Sherkow, Hye-Won Song, Cinque Soto, Chris Tipton, Johannes Trüeck, and Ian York.