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Old 09-22-2011, 08:31 PM   #15
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Originally Posted by rskr View Post
Helicos's physics based approach was a little unrealistic. There is only so much you can do with a giant lens, and last I checked they weren't turning out reads any longer than current short read technology, but with an instrument that was a couple of magnitudes more expensive.
Helicos' edge was never in read length. The key advantages were very simple (and cheap) sample prep free from any biases of PCR.
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