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
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.