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This article has been updated to correct that BGI's Copenhagen laboratory currently does not offer commercial sequencing services on MGI platforms.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – MGI Tech, the instrument division of China's BGI, is preparing to enter the North American and European markets with its sequencing platforms and technologies, possibly through a partner in the US. By the end of this year, the firm hopes to be ready to compete with Illumina, which has dominated the global sequencing market for years, on data quality, cost, and service in these territories.

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