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Beijing Institute of Genomics, Chinese IT Firm to Develop 'Third-Generation' Sequencing Platform

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This article was originally published Dec. 7.

The Beijing Institute of Genomics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Inspur Group, a Chinese supplier of computing platforms and IT applications, are collaborating to develop a new DNA sequencing platform, the institute said last week.

The "third-generation genome sequencing instrument" that the partners plan to build is expected to sequence a human genome in an hour at a cost of approximately $1,000, said Yu Jun, vice director of BIG, in a statement. The first test instrument is scheduled to be available in 2013.

BIG was founded in 2003 and has more than 180 faculty and staff members. It has participated in a number of genome projects, including the international human genome project, the HapMap project, the Chinese superhybrid rice genome project, the silkworm genome project, and the chicken genome diversity project.

According to its website, the institute is equipped with nine Applied Biosystems SOLiD systems, five Illumina Genome Analyzer instruments, and two ABI 3700 sequencers.

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