By Julia Karow

Using a single sequencing platform
to analyze a human genome, thousands of true — and potentially important — variants may go unnoticed, according to a recent comparison between the Illumina and Complete Genomics platforms by researchers at Stanford University.

But for reasons of cost, large-scale sequencing projects may not immediately heed the advice of the scientists: to sequence the same sample on both platforms in order to obtain the most complete picture.

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