By Monica Heger

Life Technologies' Ion Torrent has released a paired-end sequencing protocol for its benchtop PGM sequencer, which it says helps to improve accuracy, but only when used in conjunction with an assembly algorithm developed by SoftGenetics.

Ion Torrent has released the protocol, along with several internally generated datasets and the SoftGenetics algorithm, called Floton, on its website.

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