This article has been updated from an earlier version to correct the throughput of the system.
NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Northwestern University recently announced that a benefactor has donated $600,000 to the school’s Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center and the school’s Center for Genetic Medicine so it can purchase a next-generation DNA sequencer from Applied Biosystems.
According to a statement issued by the university earlier this month, Chicago philanthropist Ann Lurie, who is also the widow of Robert Lurie, donated the funds for the ABI SOLiD sequencer. The Center for Genetic Medicine intends to use the system to study genetic variations associated with type 2 diabetes and asthma.
Northwestern noted that the SOLiD system can sequence 3 gigabases in a single analysis. “This gives us dramatically more comprehensive, faster and cheaper results,” Peter Kopp, interim director of the CGM, said in the statement.