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Korea's Genomic Medicine Institute Adds Seven Illumina Genome Analyzers

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) - Illumina said today that the Genomic Medicine Institute at Seoul National University College of Medicine in Korea has purchased seven Genome Analyzer IIx sequencers.

The purchase expands the sequencing capacity of the center to 10 Illumina systems. As reported by GenomeWeb Daily News sister publication In Sequence, the center also has three Applied Biosystems SOLiD sequencers installed.

Researchers at the institute have already sequenced and analyzed the genome of a Korean individual, which they described in a study published in June.

GMI said in a statement that it is the second largest Genome Center in Asia, after the Beijing Genome Institute, "and the largest center that focuses exclusively on human genome analysis and its clinical application in Asia."

The institute is leading an effort called the Asian 100 Genome Project that aims to sequence 100 Asian individuals by 2012 and establish an Asian Genome Database with genome information that specifically targets Asian populations.

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