Nick Loman at Pathogens: Genes and Genomes says that the key players emerging third-generation sequencing market are comparable to the Intel x86 family and its famed competitor, reduced instruction set computing — or RISC — chips in the early 1990s. "Despite the seeming obvious killer advantages … RISC chips resoundingly failed in the desktop PC market, never challenging Intel’s dominance," Loman recalls.

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