Both Keith Robison at Omics! Omics! and Dan Koboldt at Mass Genomics have been looking over data produced using Ion Torrent's 316 chip. Robison notes that the data set, a sequencing run of E. coli DH10B, contains 1.69 million reads, 1.53 million of which were 50 base pairs or longer.

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