Illumina announced the introduction of its HiSeq 2500 and upgrades to its MiSeq platform yesterday, according to a company press release. The HiSeq 2500 is expected to be able to sequence a genome in about a day, and, as our sister publication In Sequence reports, it is priced at $740,000 or $50,000 for an upgrade from the HiSeq 2000. In addition, the MiSeq will have increased throughput, longer reads, and a faster run time, Illumina says.
Illumina's announcement came the same day as one from Life Technologies, setting up a sequencing "battle," as Matthew Herper at Forbes puts it. The difference between the machines, he adds, will be data quality and cost.
"The speed is good, but the cost is going to be a blocker," for the Illumina machine, the Broad Institute's Chad Nusbaum tells Herper.