Issue Date: January 16, 2012
Genome Sequencers Are Unveiled
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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