When thinking about Next Generation Sequencing different platforms can be used to generate the sequence. Depending on the project one or other platform would be the choice. Furthermore, in many cases, a combination of platforms is the best option.

Different Platforms and Technologies have been used to sequence DNA.  They are very different in:

  • Length of the reads

  • Kind of errors

  • Quantity of sequence data generated

  • Price

In Era7 Bioinformatics we design the experiments combining different technologies, or using just one of them, in order to get the maximum from the sequencing project. As we are completely independent, the approach we decide has no bias.

In the past years we have been designing projects and analyzing data from all the major platforms and so, with us you will have an experienced multiplatform partner.

The main technologies being used today are:

  • Illumina

See also: http://www.illumina.com/

  • Ion Torrent

See also: http://www.iontorrent.com

  • Pacific Biosciences (PacBio)

See also: http://www.pacificbiosciences.com/

  • Oxford Nanopore

See also: http://454.com/

There is a lot of expectation with Oxford Nanopore for the very next future. We are waiting for data available from this new technology to analyze them and evaluate its possibilities and practical uses.


We collaborate with many sequence providers along the world. If you are a sequencing provider and want to offer your services integrated into our projects please contact us