NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – China's BGI said it has purchased 37 of Life Technologies' Ion Proton next-generation sequencing systems and will add at least 12 more machines by the end of the year.

Additionally, Shenzhen, China-based BGI said it has signed a supply and licensing agreement with Life Tech.

BGI will use the Proton for exome and transcriptome sequencing, as well as aneuploidy testing, according to a statement. The institution has already validated the Proton's PI chip, delivering 80 million reads in two- to three-hour sequencing runs.

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