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  • Switching from Illumina to Element Biosciences

    Hi everyone,

    Like most genomics core facilities, we are always looking for ways of providing the most optimal and cost-effective NGS solutions for our service users. In an attempt to do so, we recently took the bold decision to swap out our long trusted Illumina NextSeq 500 instrument with a new Element Biosciences AVITI sequencer. We have never used an AVITI before so this is completely new and slightly scary territory for us.

    Has anyone else made this transition from Illumina to Element? And if so, do you have any advice that you can share? Or perhaps any nuances/key differences you may have come across in the prep, run set up and primary/secondary data analysis compared to Illumina?

    Many thanks and happy sequencing!

    Laura Durrant
    Genomics Facility, Babraham Institute

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