COLD SPRING HARBOR, NY — Researchers at the Broad Institute, in collaboration with Helicos BioSciences and a group at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, have used the company's sequencing technology to identify origins of replication in the genomes of several fission yeast species, thus doubling the number of eukaryotes for which such an analysis has been performed on a genome-wide level.

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