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The US Department of Energy's Joint Genome Institute has retired the last of its Sanger sequencers. JGI now has only next-gen machines including Roche 454 FLX Titanium analyzers, Illumina GAIIx analyzers, and Illumina HiSeq 2000 analyzers. The institute is also a Pacific Biosciences early access customer.

Ivan Trifunovich is the new president and CEO of Helicos BioSciences, replacing Ron Lowy. Trifunovich has been a consultant for Helicos since August, and prior to that he was a strategic consultant to global life sciences companies.

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