This story was originally published Oct. 29.

Life Technologies said last week that China's BGI has acquired 27 SOLiD 4 systems, which will allow BGI to sequence 50 whole human genomes per month.

Li Jingxiang, vice president of genomics operations for BGI, said in a statement that the SOLiDs will enable the institute to "secure sequence data for a complete whole human genome on 30x coverage that includes 100 gigabases of mapped data at an accuracy of 99.9 percent."

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