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The collaboration is expected to result in a more complete view of microbial genome architecture.

Starting this month, the institute's Mapping and Archive Sequencing division plans to generate optical maps of bacterial and parasite genomes.

The company launched its Argus LS system for simpler organisms earlier this year and is now looking at a Q3 2011 launch of its system for larger genomes, including plants, humans, and other animals.

BGI and OpGen believe that OpGen’s optical mapping technology will complement next-generation sequencing in order to "enable the efficient and accurate finishing of assembled contigs into chromosomes."

After a human genome collaboration, the US firm will continue its work with BGI to use optical mapping to finish de novo sequencing for more genome analysis projects.

The funding will support efforts to expand into new markets and develop applications that "will complement sequencing technologies and help facilitate rapid completion of large genome mapping and finishing technologies," according to CEO Douglas White.

OpGen will use the funds to support marketing of its recently launched Argus Optical Mapping System for automated, microbial whole-genome analysis.

New Products: Jun 15, 2010


NuGen's Encore NGS Library/Multiplex Systems and Ovation 3'-DGE System, OpGen's Argus Optical Mapping System


The Wall Street Journal looks into FamilyTreeDNA's handling of genetic genealogy searches by law enforcement.

In a point-counterpoint in the Boston Globe, researchers discuss the potential of gene editing to prevent Lyme disease, but also the pitfalls of doing so.

MIT's Technology Review reports that researchers hope to develop a CRISPR-based pain therapy.

In Science this week: atlas of malaria parasites' gene expression across their life cycles, and more.