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New Products: Illumina's TruSight Kits and HiSeq 2500 Service

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Illumina has launched five TruSight targeted sequencing kits for research use, including the TruSight Autism kit, TruSight Cancer, TruSight Cardiomyopathy, TruSight Inherited Disease, and TruSight Exome. The products are available for order now and will ship in the fourth quarter. The kits are designed to work with the MiSeq system and were designed in conjunction with collaborators from Children's Mercy Center for Pediatric Genomic Medicine, Kennedy Krieger Institute, the Institute of Cancer Research, London, and Partners HealthCare.

Illumina is now also offering whole-genome sequencing in its CLIA certified laboratory on the HiSeq 2500 and is collaborating with Partners HealthCare to offer the GeneInsight Suite software for interpretation (see story, this issue).

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