By Monica Heger

Microarray company Oxford Gene Technologies is moving into the next-gen sequencing space, offering targeted capture and sequencing services on Illumina's HiSeq, Life Technologies' SOLiD, and Roche's 454 GS FLX.

OGT does not currently own any sequencing machines, but is looking to purchase one by the end of the year. For the time being, it is contracting out its sequencing to academic and commercial partners while doing the capture and bioinformatics in house.

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