This post has been updated to clarify the BGI team's findings.

In the desktop sequencing wars, Life Technologies seems to be winning on at least one front — marketing. According to a report by Jon Groberg at Macquarie Equities Research, Life Tech has placed around 1,300 of its Ion Torrent PGM machines, compared to 700 MiSeq systems sold by Illumina.

Groberg says that these numbers are "surprising given PGM's earlier launch date and field feedback that continues to suggest the MiSeq is more accurate and easier to use."

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