To enhance its crop breeding and other research programs, Texas AgriLife Research, an agricultural and life sciences research agency that is part of the Texas A&M University System, recently installed Illumina's HiSeq 2000 and is currently waiting to receive the 2500 upgrade.

Illumina said previously that the 2500 will be available during the second half of this year, and that it expects at least 60 percent of new HiSeq orders to be for the 2500.

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