"While this work was done on our older system, these impressive results are likely to drive demand for large-scale sequencing projects of crop genomes and we expect that much of this work will be done using our newer, lower-cost, high-throughput instrument, the Sequel System," said Kevin Corcoran, Senior Vice President of Market Development for Pacific Biosciences. "Various groups are already pursuing multiple-reference genome strategies for major crops including maize, sorghum, cotton, and soybean, as well as many specialty crops. This publication provides a roadmap for generating the high-quality assemblies that are needed in crop improvement programs, especially for very complex and repetitive plant genomes."Publication details: Yinping Jiao et al. Improved maize reference genome with single-molecule technologies. Nature (2017) DOI: 10.1038/nature22971 For more information, please visit http://www.pacb.com/research-focus/plant-animal-sciences/. About Pacific Biosciences Pacific Biosciences of California, Inc. (NASDAQ:PACB) offers sequencing systems to help scientists resolve genetically complex problems. Based on its novel Single Molecule, Real-Time (SMRT ®) Sequencing technology, Pacific Biosciences' products enable: de novo genome assembly to finish genomes in order to more fully identify, annotate and decipher genomic structures; full-length transcript analysis to improve annotations in reference genomes, characterize alternatively spliced isoforms in important gene families, and find novel genes; targeted sequencing to more comprehensively characterize genetic variations; and real-time kinetic information for epigenome characterization. Pacific Biosciences' technology provides high accuracy, ultra-long reads, uniform coverage, and the ability to simultaneously detect epigenetic changes. PacBio ® sequencing systems, including consumables and software, provide a simple, fast, end-to-end workflow for SMRT Sequencing. More information is available at www.pacb.com. Forward-Looking Statements All statements in this press release that are not historical are forward-looking statements, including, among other things, statements relating to future availability, uses, cost of using, quality or performance of, or benefits of using, products or technologies, and other future events. You should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements because they involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties, changes in circumstances and other factors that are, in some cases, beyond Pacific Biosciences' control and could cause actual results to differ materially from the information expressed or implied by forward-looking statements made in this press release. Factors that could materially affect actual results can be found in Pacific Biosciences' most recent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including Pacific Biosciences' most recent reports on Forms 8-K, 10-K and 10-Q, and include those listed under the caption "Risk Factors." Pacific Biosciences undertakes no obligation to revise or update information in this press release to reflect events or circumstances in the future, even if new information becomes available.
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