SOURCE: Kalorama Information

Kalorama Information

November 19, 2010 12:41 ET

Variety of DNA Sequencers in Use at Most Labs: Kalorama

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - November 19, 2010) - Next Generation DNA sequencing systems are making significant inroads into labs in the US and around the world, but older systems are still being utilized. This is according to healthcare market research publisher Kalorama Information's "DNA Sequencing Market Trends (Kalorama Survey of Labs Using Next Gen and Capillary Systems)," a recent survey of academic, hospital and private labs that conduct DNA sequencing.

The report indicates that labs use a variety of sequencing equipment applications such as resequencing, SNP analysis and microRNA. Most labs -- over 92% of those surveyed -- had at least one second- or third-generation sequencer. But only in one third of labs were these next-gen systems the only device. Over half of those labs who owned a next-gen sequencer were using a capillary/gel system as well. In total, the survey found 17 different types of sequencers were being utilized in the labs. 

"We found that the market inevitably includes both first-gen and next-gen systems right now," said Justin Saeks, biotech research analyst for Kalorama Information. "Labs on either extreme, with only one type of system that is either all old or all new, are less common."

While the second-generation systems produced by Illumina, ABI and Roche are popular among users, the report found that new features were desired and improvements were suggested.

"While the second-generation systems are generally seen as satisfactory, various barriers, bottlenecks, and other areas of improvement were identified by labs, such as the difficulties caused by library preparation, data processing, and upgrades in chemistry and software," Saeks said.

"DNA Sequencing Market Trends (Kalorama Survey of Labs Using Next Gen and Capillary Systems)" focuses on a survey of 120 laboratories which was carried out from July to September of 2010. Seventy percent of the surveyed labs were in North America. In addition to information about the installed base of labs, questions about features, purchasing timeframes and desired models, as well as run frequencies and applications are included in the survey. More information on the report is available at:

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