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Roche Applied Science and 454 Life Sciences Improve the Genome Sequencer FLX Workflow
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Roche Applied Science and 454 Life Sciences Improve the Genome Sequencer FLX Workflow

Roche Applied Science and 454 Life Sciences Improve the Genome Sequencer FLX Workflow
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Roche Applied Science and 454 Life Sciences Improve the Genome Sequencer FLX Workflow


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454 Life Sciences, the sequencing center of Roche Applied Science has announced the launch of new products and software for the ultra high-throughput Genome Sequencer FLX System (GS FLX).

According to 454 Life Sciences, the new additions expand the versatility of GS FLX system and address two key customer requests: decreased cost per read and improved analysis tools.

Two new plate formats will be available for the GS FLX. A short read (100 base pair) kit which produces 30-40 MB of data per run and a long read (250-300 base pair) kit in a small plate format.

Enhancement of the analysis tools includes updates to the GS FLX mapper and assembler software modules. The updated software will be provided at no charge to current GS FLX customers and will be included with new installation of the system.

The software has several notable features including, but not limited to: Ability to incorporate Sanger sequencing reads for assembly or mapping – including  paired-end reads for assembly; Integration of GS FLX data with existing third party software tools, such as Consed Access to assembly parameters.

These products are the first of many future advances for the GS FLX. With a goal towards enabling the $1,000 personal genome, 454 Life Sciences will continue to introduce enhancements to the current FLX system. including improvements to read length, data output, and analysis tools without requiring major upgrades to the actual instrument.

“454 Life Sciences is committed to improving the GS FLX sequencing technology and responding to customers specific needs,” said Christopher McLeod, President and CEO of 454 Life Sciences. “The latest offerings enable our customers to target specific applications with the right set of features at the lowest price point.”

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