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The War Goes On

The Science Business Blog at Forbes looks into what it dubs the “gene machine wars.” There, Matthew Herper points out that just weeks after Illumina announced that its HiSeq 2000 could sequence a human genome for about $10,000, that Life Technologies said its SOLiD 4 that could do it for $6,000. Herper says that Illumina won’t lose its place at the top.

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