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JGI Purchases $500K Sequencing System from 454

NEW YORK, Aug. 1 (GenomeWeb News) - The US Department of Energy's Joint Genome Institute has purchased a $500,000 genome sequencing system from 454 Life Sciences, an institute official said today.


454, a subsidiary of CuraGen, has developed a system that accelerates sequencing processes through the use of microfluidics and other methods of miniaturizing current technology. Previously, the Brandford, Conn.-based company offered use of the system as a service.


In March, GenomeWeb News reported that 454 had installed the first system at HarvardUniversity's and MIT's Broad Institute.


454 recently described its sequencing technology in a paper in the July 31 online issue of Nature. In the paper, researchers from the company used the system to re-sequence 580,069 bases of the genome of the bacterium Mycoplasma genitalium in one four-hour run with up to 99.99 percent accuracy -- a 100-fold increase in throughput over current sequencing technology, according to the company.

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