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BGI Adds Two ABI SOLiD Sequencers to Services Capabilities

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The Beijing Genomics Institute said today that it has added two Applied Biosystems SOLiD systems to its collection of DNA sequencers.
The sequencing services provider said the two SOLiD systems have already been installed and “thoroughly tested” by its researchers. It said that the ABI instrument generated “high quality mate-pair data" with read lengths up to 25 base pairs.
BGI intends to use the new instruments for large-scale sequencing projects, such as the Giant Panda Genome project and the International 1000 Genomes Project.
Last month, the institute announced that it had added 14 of the high-throughput sequencers that have been introduced to the market over the past couple of years, including 11 Genome Analyzers from Illumina and three Roche Genome Sequencer FLX instruments.

The Scan

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