By Julia Karow

As Life Tech's Ion Torrent nears an early July launch for the Ion 316 chip for its Personal Genome Machine, the company last week released a dataset for an Escherichia coli genome on its website that it generated internally on the new chip. In addition, several early-access customers — including the Human Genome Sequencing Center at Baylor College of Medicine and the Broad Institute — have tested the 316 chip, beating Ion Torrent's own R&D teams on throughput in some runs.

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