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NCGR Adds Solexa Sequencing, Next-Gen Analysis Software to Service Menu

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) - As part of an ongoing effort to heighten its presence as a non-profit sequencing services provider, the National Center for Genome Resources said this week that it is now offering Solexa sequencing on Illumina's 1G Genome Analysis System, as well as pipelining analysis services based on its next-gen sequencing analysis and visualization software, called Alpheus.
 
In addition to Solexa sequencing, NCGR will offer pipelining services that are designed for "very large" next-generation sequencing projects and enable clients to view and analyze sequence alignments, nucleotide variants, and splice isoforms, as well as compare samples securely over the web.
 
NCGR began its transformation from a bioinformatics development center into a sequencing services provider in January, when it announced that it had secured $600,000 from the state of New Mexico to buy its first sequencer.
 
As GenomeWeb Daily News sister publication In Sequence reported in late June, NCGR considered purchasing Roche’s 454 FLX, ABI’s SOLiD, and Illumina’s Genetic Analyzer before opting for the Illumina system.
 
Last month, NCGR laid off one-third of its staff amid a funding crunch. The center's remaining staff included business-operation employees and researchers related to its DNA sequencing work.
 
Financial terms of the agreement with Illumina were not released.

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