NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Pacific Biosciences' CEO Mike Hunkapiller said this week that demand for the company's Sequel single-molecule sequencing instrument has picked up, as demonstrated by several recent multi-unit orders.

In addition, he said the firm recently began shipping new chemistry and software that will improve the data quality, and is planning additional improvements to double throughput by the end of the year.

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