By Julia Karow

This article, originally published Jan. 11, has been updated with additional information from Illumina's presentation at the JP Morgan Healthcare Conference and from the company's website.

Illumina last week announced a new low-cost sequencing platform called MiSeq, which promises to go from purified DNA to analyzed data in as few as eight hours, and to generate more than a gigabase of sequence in slightly more than a day of total experimental time.

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