Pacific Biosciences has launched its MagBead Station for the PacBio RS, which enables less input DNA and increases the number of reads between four and 10 kilobases long that are captured with each SMRT cell. With the upgrade, customers will be able to generate 10 kilobase-size libraries using as little as one microgram of sample, according to the company (see related story, this issue).

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