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The speed and price of the Ion Torrent machine could bring sequencing into the reach of even more researchers, says this article at Technology Review. "It takes the democratization of sequencing to the next level," the Broad's Chad Nusbaum tells Tech Review. "Virtually anyone with good grant funding can buy one." The article notes that though the machines are cheap — $50,000 — the disposable chips that it uses cost $250 and can only be used once, which drives up sequencing costs.

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