BGI Expands Investment in SMRT Sequencing Technology for Its Global Service Business
Thursday, January 7, 2016
“We have been very impressed with the SMRT Sequencing technology and our PacBio RS II system. This technology allows BGI to meet the demand for SMRT sequencing services in our bacterial, plant and animal de novo sequencing, transcriptomics sequencing as well as large-scale projects such as the Genome 10K Project,” said Ye Yin, CEO of BGI Genomics. “The addition of the Sequel System enables BGI to increase capacity and offer additional services such as whole genome resequencing and a variety of other long-read-based applications.”
The Sequel System is designed for projects such as rapidly and cost-effectively generating high-quality, whole-genome de novo assemblies. It can provide characterization of a wide variety of genomic variation types, including those in complex regions not accessible with short read or synthetic long-range sequencing technologies,
while simultaneously revealing epigenetic information. The system can also be used to generate data for full-length transcriptomes and targeted transcripts using the company’s Iso-SeqTM protocol. The Sequel System’s increased throughput should also facilitate applications of SMRT Technology in metagenomics and targeted gene applications for which interrogation of larger numbers of individual DNA molecules is important.
BGI was founded in 1999 as a nonprofit research organization. Over the years, BGI has grown into a multinational company with significant global operations. With more than 5,000 employees across the globe and R&D, manufacturing, and commercial operations around the world, BGI is committed to providing solutions to address the research, pharmaceutical, and clinical markets. BGI’s focus has centered on improving human health and empowering large-scale human, plant, and animal genomics research. More information is available at www.bgi-international.com.
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