Illumina’s Acquisition of PacBio: Accelerating the Pace of Genomic Discovery

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Illumina just purchased Pacific BioSciences (PacBio) for $1.2 billion. Shawn Baker formerly worked for Illumina as both a scientist and manager. He currently serves as the chief science officer for AllSeq and as a genomics startup advisor and consultant at SanDiegOmics.com. GEN asked Shawn about the significance of Illumina buying PacBio to the sequencing market and to obtain his take on what’s driving the Illumina deal?

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