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MGI Tech DNBSEQ-G400 FAST

MGI Tech has launched the DNBSEQ-G400 FAST next-generation sequencer in China and Japan. The G400 is also known as MGISEQ-2000 in China and some other markets.

The G400 FAST is a mid-throughput instrument offering maximum output of 330 gigabases for applications including targeted NGS, single-cell sequencing, and whole-genome and -exome sequencing.

The instrument offers two lanes with 550 million effective reads per flow cell. The average run time is between 12 and 37 hours.  Maximum read length is PE150.

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