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Here’s ~100 Photos of the Guts of a Genome Analyzer II by Illumina

Nava Whiteford recently got up close with a GAII and took some nice pics around and inside this state-of-the-art hardware for genetics analysis:

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A while back I was lucky enough to encounter a disassembled Genome Analyzer 2. I’ve played with the data from these instruments a lot, having written an image analysis and basecalling platform for this instrument so it was fun to see one on the inside.

The instrument is effectively a TIRF microscope, stage and fluidics system stuffed in a case. As is typical of early versions of scientific lab equipment, it mostly uses off-the-shelf parts stuffed in a case.

For my reference, I took a huge number of pictures. Check them out below:

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