Keith Robison has a post at Omics! Omics! about Cofactor Genomics, a next-gen sequencing services company based in St. Louis, Mo. The company's currently offering to "generate & assemble 680Mb of sequence (from an Illumina machine) for the paltry sum of $4.7K," Robison writes.

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