A Bit of a Surprise

At his blog, Keith Robison says that his stalled Ion Torrent sequencing project has moved forward, and given him a bit of a surprise. He writes that when he designed his primers for the project back in March, there was little information from Ion to build off of, but when he did later see the application note, that there was no cause to be concerned about his primers.

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