Illumina currently holds around 66 percent of the total sequencing market, but the company's share of the desktop market is split evenly with Life Technologies' Ion Torrent PGM, according to a recent survey of 150 In Sequence readers.

The survey, conducted in collaboration with investment firm Mizuho Securities, found that Illumina's HiSeq 2000, GA IIx, and MiSeq claim a total of 66 percent of the sequencing market — 42 percent, 10 percent, and 11 percent, respectively.

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