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German sequencing service provider GATC Biotech said today that it has agreed to purchase a Pacific Biosciences RS platform, making it the first European service provider for PacBio. The machine is scheduled to be installed in early 2011.

GATC Biotech plans to use the system for "resolving structural variations, for example in human cancer genomes, and for the detection and confirmation of rare SNPs."

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