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New Products: Illumina's BaseSpace; GE Healthcare's GenomiPhi; Epicentre's ScriptSeq Complete Kits

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Illumina has disclosed the pricing for its BaseSpace cloud computing and storage platform.

BaseSpace customers will receive 1 terabyte of free storage for Illumina data as well as free alignment and variant detection for all Illumina data. The company noted that the terabyte of free storage is the equivalent of hundreds of MiSeq runs or about a dozen HiSeq whole-human genome datasets.

BaseSpace users will also be able to purchase additional storage in increments of one terabyte or 10 terabytes in both monthly and annual durations. One terabyte is $250 for a month while a year’s worth costs $2,000 up front. Ten terabytes for a month costs $1,500 and the annual up-front cost is $12,000.

Illumina said it is planning a fourth-quarter launch for its BaseSpace Apps offering, through which BaseSpace users will be able to run analysis applications — both commercial and open source — on an as-needed basis. Pricing for these apps will be determined by their developers.

BaseSpace is currently compatible with the MiSeq system and will be available for use with HiSeq sequencers early in the fourth quarter.


GE Healthcare has launched its Illustra Ready-T-Go GenomiPhi whole-genome amplification kits, which can be stored at room temperature. The Illustra kits also deliver improved yields over the current GenomiPhi kits, according to the company.

The kits, based on the Phi29 DNA polymerase, are used to prepare DNA for genomic applications that require small samples. Previous GenomiPhi kits contain liquid enzyme formulations that required storage at -80° C, while the new kits use the company's Ready-To-Go stabilization technology, which allows them to be stored for months without refrigeration.

The new kits are available in two formats: Ready-To-Go GenomiPhi V3, which doubles the DNA yield over the current GenomiPhi V2 kit; and Ready-To-Go GenomiPhi HY, which is specifically developed for high yield requirements, achieving 40 µg to 60 µg DNA yield from 10 ng of starting DNA.

Both kits are available in 8-well strips or in 96-well plate formats.


Epicentre has launched its ScriptSeq Complete kits, which enable the preparation of directional RNA-seq libraries in one day.

The standard ScriptSeq Complete kits use 1 μg to 5 μg of total RNA, while the ScriptSeq Complete – Low Input version uses 100 ng to 1 μg of total RNA. The company said that the low input kits are suitable for RNA isolated from formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded tissue samples.


The department of biostatistics at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has released Myrna 1.2.0.

The latest version of the cloud-computing tool for RNA-seq analysis includes added support for Hadoop version 0.20.205, an update of the Bowtie read-alignment tool to version 0.12.8, an update of the R statistical package to version 2.14.2, and other improvements.