By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – LaserGen today announced that it is collaborating with National Instruments on the development of a new next-generation sequencing system.

The system will combine LaserGen's Lightning Terminators sequencing chemistry for reversible terminators and National Instruments' graphical system design software. The firms hope to complete development of the system and install it at a genome center for validation testing by the end of this year.

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