PacBio Mini?

PacBio Mini?

Pacbio launched a new instrument called ‘Sequel’. Here are the relevant numbers -


“The U.S. list price for the Sequel System is $350,000. It is currently available for Research Use Only.”



“The core of the Sequel System is the capacity of its redesigned SMRT Cells, which contain one million zero-mode waveguides (ZMWs) at launch, compared to 150,000 ZMWs in the PacBio RS II.


Size of instrument:

“The Sequel System occupies a smaller footprint less than one-third the size and weight compared to the PacBio RS II.”

Full press release is available here.

I have been trying to do some back-of-the-envelope calculation of how much it would cost to assemble human-sized genomes with the new instrument and get less than $1000. Is that right?

Written by M. //