This article was originally published May 26.
The Broad Institute has purchased Fluidigm's Access Array System, which it will use to automate sample prep for targeted resequencing, the company said last week.
The platform allows users to PCR-amplify 48 samples in parallel and combines target enrichment, sample barcoding for multiplexed sequencing, and library preparation using amplicon tagging.
The system includes single-use microfluidic integrated fluidic circuits chips, two IFC controllers to load the arrays, and a standalone thermal cycler. Fluidigm offers customers primer design services for human targeted resequencing.
The Access Array currently supports Life Technologies' SOLiD, Illumina's GA and HiSeq sequencers, Roche 454's GS FLX and GS Junior, and Pacific Biosciences' RS. Fluidigm plans to make it compatible with the Ion Torrent PGM and the Illumina MiSeq (IS 5/17/2011).