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Before the pandemic, most people had never heard of Illumina, the California-based sequencing behemoth whose machines generate upwards of 90% of the world’s DNA data. And while Illumina might still not be a household name, over the last 15 months the technology it sells has become standard dinner table fare. Genetic vaccines, coronavirus variants, wastewater surveillance — never before has the world of sequencing spilled over so forcefully into mainstream public consciousness.

“People are talking about mutations and variants, it’s now become part of the public lexicon,” said CEO Francis deSouza said Tuesday at the STAT Health Tech Summit. “I think it’s accelerated the field by maybe five years, because genomics has been instrumental in this pandemic from the very beginning.”

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