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Roche releases new DNA sequencing platform

28th May 2010

Roche has launched a new benchtop next-generation DNA sequencing platform which is optimised for use in small and medium-sized research laboratories.

The GS Junior System, which was developed by Roche subsidiary 454 Life Sciences, is designed for use in a variety of research fields and is said to be “ideally suited” for human health applications relating to diabetes and cancer.

It offers an integrated sequencing and bioinformatics solution in a compact unit which is scaled similarly to a standard desktop laser printer, which makes it a more affordable and versatile option for smaller laboratories.

Daniel O’Day, chief operating officer of Roche Diagnostics, said the company expects the device to offer “significant medical value in future diagnostic applications”.

He added: “Putting the GS Junior System into hands of researchers worldwide will help to expand our knowledge of the genetic causes and molecular basis of diseases.”

Last month, Roche announced that it has supplied its LightCycler 1536 Instrument to Belgium’s Ghent University in order to support potentially groundbreaking research into the genetic causes of cancer.

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