Options To Consider With An Illumina DNA Sequencer

by | Jan 16, 2018 | Laboratory Equipments

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DNA sequencing is becoming increasingly important in a wide array of applications for research, testing, and treatment. The use of an Illumina DNA sequencer allows labs to tap into the technology of next-generation sequencing that provides fast, accurate sequencing results.

The process used by the NGS line of sequences by Illumina offer cutting edge technology for precise, reliable sequencing. This occurs by identifying the various DNA bases while, at the same time, they are introduced into the nucleic acid chain. The base DNA has its own fluorescent signal, which is used as a marker to be able to create the sequence in order.

The use of an Illumina DNA sequencer can allow for this technology to be applied to any type of organism. This is essential in any research and in diagnostics, and it is also essential in the study of diseases. The added value of the NGS technology is the ability to study and sequence very targeted areas of the DNA as well as the entire genome.

Models To Consider

Each Illumina DNA sequencer on the market offers different features and options. There is a benchtop line, which are smaller systems that can be used for a wide range of human, plant and animal genome sequencing.

Within the smaller model sizes, it is possible to choose based on specific factors such as run time, output, reads per run and run length to determine the ideal system for any lab.

The large production scale models offer the same range of applications and methods for sequencing. As they are able to operate with greater numbers of samples, they are ideal for larger facilities or where high volume reads per run of up to 20 billion may be required.

Within both the benchtop and the production lines of DNA sequencers, labs will also be able to choose from ChIP sequencing, whole genome, and targeted resequencing.