By Julia Karow

Illumina said this week that China's BGI has purchased 128 of the company's new HiSeq 2000 sequencing systems, the firm's largest single order for sequencers to date.

Most of the units will be housed at BGI's new genome center in Hong Kong. The instruments will be installed throughout 2010, starting this quarter.

Illumina said it expects to recognize revenue for the systems over the next three years.

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