Genome Sequencers Are Unveiled | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 90 Issue 3 | p. 19 | Concentrates
Issue Date: January 16, 2012

Genome Sequencers Are Unveiled

Department: Business
Keywords: genome sequencer, semiconductors
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The Ion Proton semiconductor chip.
Credit: Life Technologies
 Semiconductor chip in Life Technolgies’ Ion Proton genome sequencer
 
The Ion Proton semiconductor chip.
Credit: Life Technologies

Life Technologies took the wraps off its latest genome sequencer, the Ion Proton, at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last week. The semiconductor-chip-based machine will analyze an entire human genome in a day at a cost of $1,000, compared with optical-based equipment that takes several weeks to do the job for between $5,000 and $10,000. Separately, Illumina is introducing the HiSeq 2500, which will also analyze an entire human genome in a day using the firm’s sequencing-by-synthesis technology.

 
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