GnuBIO, the Cambridge, MA based sequencing technology company announced that it will be shipping its beta versions of benchtop DNA sequencers on 1st April 2013. GnuBio claims that GnuBio sequencer is world’s first fully-integrated DNA sequencing system. GnuBIO sequencer does not need sample preparation or robotics and is size of a desktop computer offering integrated sequencing solution at the price of $50,000 per unit.
In the press release announcing the beta testing start date, GnuBio says that
The researcher or clinician simply injects the patient genomic DNA into a cartridge with no need for target enrichment or library preparation, loads the cartridge into the instrument, hits the “Go” button, and in 3.5 hours receives the analyzed sequence of the gene panel including variant calls and quality scores. Both the small footprint of the system, as well as the price of $50,000 USD all in – no additional equipment or large robotics to purchase – will ensure rapid adoption of the GnuBIO solution.
Read the full press release from GnuBIO here