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Under the deal, BGI will use Covaris' LE220 instrument and consumables as part of its library construction process for next-generation sequencing at several of its laboratories.

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Ion Torrent's 316 chip, BGI's SOAP software

In an online presentation, Illumina emphasized the higher throughput and accuracy of its system compared to the Ion Torrent 314 chip. Life Technologies, meantime, contests some of Illumina's claims, touting the Ion Torrent platform as being a "truly disruptive technology."

BGI Europe is in the process of expanding its sales and marketing operations, is outfitting its new laboratory space, and is participating in several large sequencing studies, all ahead of an official opening.

The company has used the technology to find errors in microbial assemblies from the Human Microbiome Project, as well as in finished genomes, and to close introduced gaps in sequenced human genomes.

BGI is “working very closely with the International Nucleotide Sequence Database Collaboration and other parties” to determine whether the resource will be a part of the consortium as well as how it will be operated.

BGI, which, according to an official, generated roughly $6.2 million in proteomics revenue last year, plans to buy around 15 new high-resolution machines and 30 to 40 triple quadrupoles as part of its efforts to expand into the clinical proteomics and pharma markets.

Having sequenced the genome of Escherichia coli O104, separate teams from Life Technologies and BGI said this week that they have developed PCR-based tests to detect the bacterium and help public health officials identify and track future outbreaks.

The California university and the Chinese institute will share genome sequencing, informatics, and other research resources.

According to Dag Harmsen, director of research at the University of Münster, the quick turnaround time of the instrument made it possible to obtain results within three days. "The biggest advantage [of the PGM] from my point of view as a public health official is that it's speedy, and speed is what is needed at the moment," he told In Sequence.

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A new study catalogues the genome and evolutionary history of the oak family, UPI reports.

Dog DNA testing is a growing market, but there's still a lot of uncertainty about the accuracy of the results, the Boston Globe says.

A University of South Florida researcher is testing bone fragments to determine if they belong to Amelia Earhart.

In Cell this week: antisense Piwi-interacting RNA responses to endogenous retroviruses, proteomic patterns in hepatocellular carcinoma, and more.