This story was originally published January 15, 2010.

Illumina last week launched the Genome Analyzer IIe, a smaller version of its cousin, the Genome Analyzer IIx.

The launch of the GAIIe comes two days after Illumina announced a new high-end sequencer, HiSeq 2000, that will provide up to 200 gigabases of data per run and up to 2 billion paired-end reads and has a list price of $690,000 (see In Sequence 1/12/2010).

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