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By Monica Heger

This article was originally published Aug. 26.

Helicos BioSciences has expanded its existing license with Arizona Technology Enterprises, the tech transfer organization for Arizona State University, to include detection methods that do not rely on optically labeled nucleotides, the company said today.

LaserGen has raised $5 million in a Series A financing round, which it will use to demonstrate accurate sequencing of the Escherichia coli genome and to continue developing its next-generation sequencing system.

NuGen and Advanced Liquid Logic will co-develop automated sample prep technology for next-generation sequencing, the companies said today.

Multiple reference genomes and transcriptomes for Arabidopsis thaliana.
Gan X, Stegle O, Behr J, Steffen JG, et al.
Nature. 2011 Aug 28. [Epub ahead of print]

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