The Berlin Institute for Medical Systems Biology, which is part of the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in Germany, has purchased a PacBio RS single-molecule sequencer from Pacific Biosciences, the institute said this week.

The sequencer will be installed at BIMSB in early September, complementing other next-generation sequencing technologies housed in its Scientific Genomics Platform. Currently, the institute has two Illumina HiSeq 2000, two Illumina GAIIx, one 454 GS FLX, and two Life Technologies SOLiD instruments.

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