News: Illumina to Acquire Pacific Biosciences
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Istvan Albert ♦♦ 78k
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Istvan Albert ♦♦ 78k wrote:

In the news:

Illumina to Acquire Pacific Biosciences for Approximately $1.2 Billion, Broadening Access to Long-Read Sequencing and Accelerating Scientific Discovery

It is interesting to consider what this means - is short read sequencing on the downtrend? Or is a business move to limit PacBio's potential and keep selling short read sequencers.

I will make a note to say that SAM/BAM files are inappropriate representation for long reads - even Heng Li's minimap2 invents a new format paf to deal with long read alignments.

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ADD COMMENTlink modified 5 weeks ago • written 5 weeks ago by Istvan Albert ♦♦ 78k
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I don't know what it means, ultimately; however, I am noticing a trend of Illumina never actually inventing anything by itself and instead buying ideas / products from independent groups / businesses. They never even invented the short read technology behind SBS in the first place.

ADD REPLYlink written 5 weeks ago by Kevin Blighe33k
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inventors don't make for good business people, take the MinION as an example. Great technology - cool concept, inefficiently run as a business and still languishing.

ADD REPLYlink modified 5 weeks ago • written 5 weeks ago by Istvan Albert ♦♦ 78k
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In time Illumina will be knocking on that door too :-)

ADD REPLYlink written 5 weeks ago by genomax59k
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I wonder when Roche will step in back to the sequencer market ...

ADD REPLYlink written 5 weeks ago by finswimmer7.7k
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That is an interesting point.

Since I just looked into it more, perhaps some people would like to read more about Pre-2007 Illumina from a couple sources:

https://www.illumina.com/science/technology/next-generation-sequencing/illumina-sequencing-history.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Illumina_(company)

ADD REPLYlink written 4 weeks ago by Charles Warden5.7k

It may mainly be some IP held by PacBio that is attractive. It also gives them an option in the 30-50 kb read range where there was none before.

ADD REPLYlink written 5 weeks ago by genomax59k
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