Next-generation sequencing reached a milestone last week when for the first time, independent researchers presented data that was generated on the platforms of all three front-runners for a variety of applications.
Presentations at the Advances in Genome Biology & Technology Conference, held at Marco Island, Fla., last week, showed sequencing data generated by instruments made by 454 Life Sciences, Illumina (formerly Solexa), and Applied Biosystems for applications ranging from whole-genome sequencing to genotyping and transcriptome analysis

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