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GATC Buys Sequencers from Solexa and 454 to Expand Sequencing Service

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) — GATC Biotech has purchased a GLX sequencer from 454 Life Sciences and a 1G Genetic Analyzer from Solexa to help it expand its gene-sequencing service, the company said today.
GATC said it will house the instruments in its lab in Konstanz, Germany, where it said it has invested $1.5 million in hardware and software to open a sequencing shop for European clients.
The company said its menu will include sample preparation, sequencing, and bioinformatics. GATC said the new systems will enhance its capacity from 15.6gb to more than 130gb.  
The FLX sequencer will be used for in-depth analysis of whole transcriptomes in one run, and the 1G Genetic Analyzer will be used for resequencing services, GATC said.
GATC said it expects to use the new tools to complete 50-megabase genomes in two days.
Specific financial terms of the deals were not released.
A comprehensive version of this article appears in this week’s issue of In Sequence, a GenomeWeb News sister publication.

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