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Global Service Providers select Applied Biosystems’ Sequencer for Genomic Services Offerings

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Applied Biosystems has announced that it has established a next-generation genomic analysis service provider programme for scientists interested in using the SOLiD™ System to answer biological questions that currently cannot be addressed with existing technologies.

According to company, the SOLiD System Service Provider Programme is intended to provide the scientific community with broad access to a comprehensive solution for genomic research. Scientists may now access next-generation technology through several global service providers who have selected the SOLiD System to complete their genomics offerings.

By incorporating the SOLiD System into their services offerings, members of the programme are enabling scientists to use a single system to make meaningful associations between variations in the kinds and amounts of DNA or RNA and disease.

The SOLiD System is expected to help facilitate and simplify the identification, collection and analysis of genetic information. Each of the service providers plan to use the SOLiD System to conduct a wide range of applications, including whole genome sequencing, chromatin immunoprecipitation (ChIP), microbial and eukaryotic resequencing, digital karyotyping, medical sequencing, genotyping, gene expression and small RNA discovery, among others.

Initial members of the programme include Agencourt Bioscience Corporation (United States), GATC Biotech (Germany), Seqwright DNA Sequencing (United States) and Sistemas Genómicos (Spain). These providers are among the early customers of Applied Biosystems’ SOLiD System, offering comprehensive services which include ultra high throughput genetic analysis, protocol assistance, and data storage and analysis to their respective end users.