This article was originally published April 5.

Ion Torrent Systems said this week that it has extended the deadline to apply for its Ion Personal Genome Machine Sequencer grant program by two weeks to April 18.

Under the program, announced in February, the company will give away two Ion PGM sequencers to scientists proposing projects that take best advantage of the instrument's speed, ease of use, small footprint, and low cost per run.

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