NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Pacific Biosciences announced this week that BGI has acquired its first Sequel System from PacBio. BGI also plans to purchase additional units in order to further integrate SMRT Sequencing into its global service business, the company added. PacBio also recently received ISO 13485 and ISO 9001 certifications for the design, development, manufacture, distribution, installation, and servicing of its nucleic acid sequencing platforms from the International Organization for Standardization.

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