The scientists can use the new Ion S5 and Ion S5 XL benchtop systems in research areas, including inherited disorders, infectious agents, microbial identification and translational cancer research.

The systems hold the capability to sequence gene panels and small genomes, as well as exomes, transcriptomes and custom assays on a single platform.

Suitable for academic, translational and clinical research labs, the systems are claimed to take only 15 minutes of manual set-up time per sequencing run and less than 45 minutes of hands-on work from DNA to data when using the Ion Chef System for automated Ion AmpliSeq library construction, template preparation and chip loading.

Thermo Fisher Scientific genetic sciences president Chris Linthwaite said: "The genomics information revolution of the past decade has ushered in an exciting new era for a broad range of industries seeking to tackle fundamental problems of health, safety and security.

"We have developed the next generation of benchtop sequencing that delivers best-in-class workflow simplicity, integrated data analysis and system economics."

The systems have been developed for research use only, not for in diagnostic procedures, according to the company.

Image: The new systems will make targeted, next-generation sequencing easy. Photo: courtesy of Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc.