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This story has been updated to include news of a large instrument purchase by the UK's Wellcome Sanger Institute and a commitment to whole-genome sequencing with PacBio's HiFi reads.

NEW YORK – Over the last year, core genomics labs have seen massive interest in sequencing on Pacific Biosciences' Sequel II platform, driven by HiFi reads, a new data type launched in late 2019.

HiFi reads, a distillation of high quality PacBio long reads that can reach 99.9 percent accuracy, are taking over that segment of the market for many service providers.

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