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Korean Genome Center Increases GA Fleet to 10 for Asian 100 Genome Project


This article was originally published July 22.

By Julia Karow

Illumina said last week that the Genomic Medicine Institute at Seoul National University College of Medicine has increased the number of Illumina Genome Analyzer instruments at its Asian Genome Center to 10 by purchasing an additional seven systems.

Several of these systems appear to have been installed already, since GMI said earlier this month that the center is equipped with eight Illumina GAIIx and three Applied Biosystems SOLiD systems (see In Sequence 7/14/2009).

Funded with $30 million from public and private sources, the Asian Genome Center, which opened last month, will provide sequencing capacity for a large-scale human sequencing project, called the "Asian 100 Genome Project."

Under the project, which aims to establish an Asian-specific genome database, researchers plan to sequence 100 individuals from across Asia by 2012.

Earlier this month, a team led by GMI published the genome sequence of an anonymous Korean (see In Sequence 7/14/2009).

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