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UK genome center purchases BioNano's Irys System

The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, a genome center located near Cambridge, U.K., has purchased an Irys System from San Diego-based BioNano Genomics.

The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute purchased BioNano's Irys platform to detect structural variation and complete genomes for various projects including the Cancer Genomics Project.

The project seeks to develop new ways of detecting rearrangements in cancer samples and sequencing the genomes of parasites that cause malaria and neglected tropical diseases prevalent in the developing world.

“To understand the diseases of cancer fully, we need to develop new ways of detecting rearrangements in cancer samples, so we can begin to understand how our knowledge of abnormalities in the DNA sequence can help to personalize treatment and understand risk,” said Dr. Peter Campbell, head of Cancer Genetics and Genomics and joint head of the Cancer Genome Project at the Sanger Institute.

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