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BGI to Ramp up Sequencing Abilities with Illumina, Roche Tools

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The Beijing Genomics Institute is dramatically expanding its DNA sequencing capacity by adding fourteen new next-generation sequencers, BGI said today.

BGI said it has ordered 11 new Illumina Genome Analyzers and three Roche Genome Sequencer FLX instruments. The Institute already had six Illumina sequencers, as well as 26 3730xl sequencers from Applied Biosystems and 107 MegBACE-1000 sequencers from GE Healthcare.

The purchases are expected to bring BGI’s raw-sequencing data output to up to 16 Gbps per day or more, and the institute will “significantly increase [its] ability to market new generation sequencing services to the community.”

BGI recently announced plans to sequence the genome of the Giant Panda and a plan to work with the Sanger Institute and the National Institutes of Health to sequence the genetic codes of 1,000 people from around the world.

The Scan

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Right Whales' Decline

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Science Papers Tie Rare Mutations to Short Stature, Immunodeficiency; Present Single-Cell Transcriptomics Map

In Science this week: pair of mutations in one gene uncovered in brothers with short stature and immunodeficiency, and more.