Illumina CEO Francis deSouza disclosed that his company has developed a new sequencing-by-synthesis (SBS) chemistry—codenamed “Chemistry X” pending a permanent name. He said Chemistry X will deliver 2x faster cycle times, as well as 2x longer reads, and 3x greater accuracy than the company’s current SBS chemistry. Additional details of Chemistry X are expected to emerge this fall, when Illumina holds its annual customer/investor day . . .

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