Illumina, San Diego, aims to make whole genome sequencing more accessible and affordable for labs of all sizes with the introduction of its NovaSeq 6000 v1.5 Reagent Kit and the $600 genome. “The NovaSeq 6000 v.1.5 Reagent Kit offers accelerated access to exceptional discovery power and operating efficiency, unlocking high throughput applications at our best price ever,” says Mark Van Oene, chief commercial officer of Illumina. “With our customers’ needs top of mind, Illumina reimagined the kit with innovative solutions that extend the unmatched throughput and high accuracy of the NovaSeq to fuel more in-depth research across the scientific spectrum.” In addition to the improved per sample sequencing cost, the NovaSeq 6000 v1.5 Reagent Kits have been enhanced to include the following key features:

  • Improved Quality Specification Score– Manufacturing enhancements alongside robust formulations provides a new level of confidence and quality with average Q30 scores of ≥ 85 percent, for read lengths up to 2x150bp.
  • Fully Supported Unique Molecular Identifiers (UMIs)– Additional cycles per kit enable customers to adopt UMIs for advanced applications including the detection of rare variants and transcripts without sacrificing sequencing read length.
  • Extended Shelf Lifefrom Three to Six Months – Enables labs to receive large quantities of reagents at once, supports efficient planning for future research, and provides greater flexibility of reagent use.
  • Support for New Library Prep Kits and Assays– Fully supports the new Illumina DNA PCR-Free Prep Kit, providing a complete whole genome sequencing solution when used in combination with TruSight Software Suite. The new NovaSeq S4 Reagent Kit v1.5 (35 cycles) provides the optimal read length for various counting applications, such as gene expression profiling.

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