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In a Nature paper published online in advance this week, Ion Torrent's Jonathan Rothberg and his colleagues discuss technical details of the firm's "technology in which scalable, low-cost semiconductor manufacturing techniques are used to make an integrated circuit able to directly perform non-optical DNA sequencing of genomes." To demonstrate the technology's performance, the Ion Torrent team reports using it to sequence three bacterial genomes and to produce a low-coverage sequence

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