By Julia Karow

This article was originally published Feb. 17.

Illumina has shed further light on a consumables and software upgrade it is planning for the HiSeq 2000 sequencer that will almost triple its output — to 600 gigabases per run — and improve coverage of GC-rich regions, while reducing reagent costs for sequencing a human genome at least two-fold.

Users of the HiSeq 1000 platform will see equal performance gains, but will generate half as much data per run as with the HiSeq 2000.

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