By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – BGI has acquired 27 SOLiD 4 instruments and will offer human genome sequencing on the platform under a partnership with Life Technologies announced today.

The acquisition will allow BGI, formerly called Beijing Genomics Institute, to sequence 50 whole genomes a month, they said in a joint statement.

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