Fluidigm this week debuted a custom assay design service for high-sample throughput amplicon resequencing on Illumina next-generation sequencing platforms.
The company said that its new Target-Specific Primers, when used with the Access Array System, enable the preparation of up to 480 amplicons per sample at a time, 10 times the number of amplicons that its initial offering could produce.
Fluidigm's Access Array System relies on its integrated fluidic circuit biochips to support parallel amplification of samples in just a few hours at a cost of less than $10 per sample, according to the firm. Each chamber of the firm's 48.48 Access Array IFCs accommodates up to 10 independent amplicons, enabling the enrichment of up to 480 primer sets across 48 samples in a single run. And every reaction combines both an amplicon tagging and a barcoding step that enables all samples to be multiplexed at the sequencing step, Fluidigm said.
The South San Francisco, Calif.-based company also launched its Barcode Library for Ion Torrent's Personal Genome Machine sequencer this week. This barcode library allows multiplexing of up to 96 different samples in a single sequencing run.