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More huge news in the sequencing industry, following on from the public share offer from Pacific Biosciences - relative newcomer to the field, Ion Torrent, has just been bought by Life Technologies for an impressive US$375 million in cash and stock, with an option to increase by a further US$350 million if “certain technical and time-based…

The main theme of this year’s Advances in Genome Biology and Technology meeting should come as no surprise to regular readers: sequencing. Generating as many bases of DNA sequence as quickly, cheaply and accurately as possible is the goal of the moment, and the number of companies jostling to achieve that goal is growing rapidly.…

Belated news from AGBT

I’ve been remiss in blogging from the Advances in Genome Biology and Technology meeting here in Marco Island, Florida, primarily due to some panic-stricken last-minute changes to the slides for my own presentation last night. Fortunately the conference has been extremely well-covered by others: Sanger colleague Luke Jostins has blog posts up summarising day 1…

The big news from the JP Morgan investment conference today is the announcement of a brand new shiny sequencing machine from Illumina, the HiSeq 2000. The new machine boasts an impressive set of statistics, and looks likely to gradually replace Illumina’s GAIIx as the workhorse of most modern sequencing facilities. So, how excited should we…

I’ve just discovered a very promising new blog in the genomics sphere (well, technically it’s a newly relaunched blog) run by a group at the University of Birmingham. Two posts by Nick Loman are of immediate interest to readers here. Firstly, I highly recommend Nick’s thorough dissection of accusations made by Applied Biosystems’ Kevin McKernan in a recent…

While I continue my work-induced blog coma, here’s a guest post from Luke Jostins, a genetic epidemiology PhD student and the author of the blog Genetic Inference, delivering a fairly scathing critique of a recent whole-genome sequencing paper based on Life Technologies’ SOLiD platform. McKernan et al. 2009. Sequence and structural variation in a human…

Still quite a way, based on this survey of second-generation sequencing users (subscription only, I think) conducted by the industry publication In Sequence. Along with a range of other questions, the survey asked users about the cost to generate one billion base pairs (one gigabase, or Gb) on their platform at the end of 2008,…