Illumina is sponsoring a contest that will provide a free MiSeq for projects that would be best tackled with next-generation sequencing on the desktop system.

The company will award three winners, each of whom will receive one MiSeq, 10 sequencing reagent kits, either Nextera DNA sample prep kits or TruSeq custom amplicon kits, BaseSpace cloud computing analysis and 1 terabyte of storage, and the bioinformatics tool Avadis NGS. The total package is valued at around $200,000.

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