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The Hackers Teaching Old DNA Sequencers New Tricks

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Next-gen biochemistry platform

This next-generation biochemistry platform, dubbed 'Serenity', was assembled from the components of an old Illumina DNA sequencer.

Credit: Curtis Layton

In a basement storeroom at Stanford University in California, the guts of a dozen DNA sequencers lie exposed—hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of cameras and lasers, optics and fluid controllers, all scavenged from a late-model, next-generation Illumina DNA sequencer called GAIIx.

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