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Number of Ion Community Users Triples, Spurred by Open Access to DNA Sequencing Protocols and Analysis Software
Date:12/31/2011

CARLSBAD, Calif., Dec. 31, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Life Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: LIFE) today announced that membership in the Ion Community, the online open-access resource for Ion Torrent users and developers, has tripled to 5,000 people in just three months. The sudden jump in membership began after Ion Torrent published its sequencing protocols, analysis software and datasets for the Ion Personal Genome Machine™ (PGM™), the world's first benchtop sequencer, on Sept 30th of this year.

The Ion Community, which was established in March, has grown by about 150 new members a week and is expected to reach 10,000 members in 2012. Most of the community members are either current Ion Torrent users, people who want to learn more about the system by reviewing the datasets and protocols, or developers working on novel applications.

 "The amazing growth of the Ion Community underscores the huge demand there is in the scientific community to work with an open access platform and participate in how that platform develops," said Ion Torrent Founder and CEO Dr. Jonathan M. Rothberg.  "Sharing information will accelerate the development of Ion semiconductor sequencing and inevitably drive breakthroughs in fields including medicine, energy and agriculture."

Eric Olivares, founder of SEQanswers, the most popular online sequencing community, said: "The Ion Community has embraced the same principles that have driven the growth of SEQanswers: unrestricted access to information, protocols, and inter-user communication. In a rapidly evolving field where hardware, analysis algorithms, and wet-lab methods change monthly, I am excited to see a major technology provider embrace openness and acknowledge that their users will drive innovation on the platform
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