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New Products: Illumina's RapidTrack Whole Genome Sequencing Service; BGI's Exome Sale

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Illumina has launched its RapidTrack Whole Genome Sequencing Service, which uses the HiSeq 2500 sequencing instrument and the company's new iSAAC genome alignment software to sequence and align a whole human genome in five days. The company currently guarantees a turnaround time of less than 14 days to allow for queue time. The service costs $9,500 per individual sample or $7,600 per genome for 50 or more samples.


BGI is now offering a sale on its whole human exome sequencing services through Aug. 31 for US and European customers. Exome sequencing at 100-fold coverage costs $1,799 per sample and at 200-fold coverage costs $2,599 per sample. Both packages include exome capture with the Agilent SureSelect 51M capture kit; sequencing on the Illumina HiSeq 2000; and 10 gigabases or 20 gigabases of data for the 100x and 200x packages, respectively. The services are available through BGI's Hong Kong facility or the [email protected] Joint Genome Center at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Additionally, the [email protected] center is also offering a fast turnaround service — four to six weeks for four to 400 samples — for an additional $50.