Responding to customers’ increasing appetite for next-generation sequencing, Agencourt Bioscience has acquired a second SOLiD sequencer from Applied Biosystems, the Beckman Coulter subsidiary said this week.
 
The instruments still pose challenges both on the front end and the back end but will not affect the company’s fleet of 35 Sanger sequencers in the short term, Agencourt said. However, they will probably replace some of them in the long run.
 

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