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Tataa Biocenter to Offer Loop Genomics' Synthetic Long-Read Sequencing Tech

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) — Swedish genomics services provider Tataa Biocenter said today that it has signed an agreement to offer Loop Genomics' synthetic long-read sequencing technology.

Specific terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Loop's technology, which uses molecular barcodes to stitch together short Illumina reads into long reads, can be used for plant, animal, and microbial genomics. The San Jose, California-based company began offering kits and services based on the technology last year, including a product for 16S and 18S rRNA sequencing.

"Through Tataa's extensive network and popular training courses, we will have excellent reach making our powerful technology available to the European research community," Loop Chief Commercial Officer Tony Lialin said in a statement.

"Loop Genomics' technology … takes 16S sequencing to a new level, and opens up for studies of splice variants, discrimination between cis and trans elements, and much more while taking advantage of the high sequencing accuracy and relative low price of the Illumina sequencers," Tataa Founder and CEO Mikael Kubista added.