454/Roche, Illumina, and Applied Biosystems expect the performance specs of their next-generation sequencing systems to improve significantly this year, according to talks by vendors and early-access users of the upgrades at the Advances in Genome Biology and Technology meeting in Marco Island, Fla., this month.
 
Over the next few months, users of all three systems can expect improvements such as longer reads, new paired-end libraries, shortened run times, higher throughput, and better accuracy, resulting from upgrades in the hardware, biochemist

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