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Big Plans for a New Sequencer

Life Technologies is to announce today that its new benchtop Ion Proton Sequencer, to launch mid-year, will be able to sequence a human genome in one day for $1,000, according to a press release from the company. However, Matthew Herper at Forbes says that claim is "probably pushing it, but just a bit."

Life Tech says its new machine will cost $149,000. Its exome-sequencing chip, the Ion Proton I, will be available around mid-year, while the Ion Proton II Chip — for sequencing whole human genomes — will be available by the end of 2012.

The price tag and speed, Reuters' Sharon Begley adds, may make the machine attractive to clinicians. It, Scripps Health's Eric Topol tells her that the new sequencer "represents an exceptional advance and can change medicine."

Our sister publication In Sequence has more on the Ion Proton here.

The Scan

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NFT of the Web

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23andMe on the Nasdaq

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In Science this week: genome-wide association study ties variants to white matter stricture in the brain, and more.