FOSTER CITY, Calif.--PE Biosystems announced that, less than a year after shipping its first ABI Prism 3700 DNA Analyzer, it has shipped number 1,000.

The company said most of its production-scale systems are being used for whole-genome sequencing, but added that they are also being adopted for use in food safety, drug target discovery, DNA forensic typing, environmental analysis, and clinical diagnosis. More than 250 laboratories worldwide have installed the machines, the company claimed.

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