Element Biosciences shares updated specs for DNA sequencing platform

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DNA sequencing technology developer Element Biosciences this week announced updated specifications for its Aviti System that reduce the price per gigabase or run.

The update increases the platform’s specifications from 800 million reads per flow cell to 1 billion reads per flow cell, the company said.

 The read count is based on Element’s control library sequencing; the actual read count may differ based on factors such as library type and preparation, the firm added.

“We launched with a conservative specification of 800 million reads passing filter, but after thousands of additional runs (both internal and external) we have determined that we can comfortably go beyond 1.0 billion reads and maintain our leading data quality,” Francisco Garcia, senior vice president of informatics at Element, said in a statement.

 In addition, Element announced it would launch its Aviti 150-cycle sequencing kit at the end of October for researchers doing short-read sequencing, including bulk RNA-sequencing, single-cell RNA sequencing, and single- or paired-end short-read length sequencing, the company said.

 The product will be available at a price of $1,080 per kit, delivering lower costs in the industry at less than $1.00 per million reads, Element said.

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