My lab has been building custom high content microscopes using parts that turned out to come from Illumina GAIIx sequencers. In this blog I’ll be tearing down a GAIIx bought on ebay for a fraction of it’s original price ($350 to $500k, these kinds of instruments don’t come with a list price) to show you how to take it apart and how to repurpose the high quality parts it contains. The Greenleaf lab at Stanford (and possibly other labs) are also taking advantage of the cheap availability of retired GAIIx sequencers to enable innovative new experimental approaches. A teardown (but no repurposing) of an earlier version of the sequencer can be found here and here.
The GAIIx just arrived today. I’ll tear it down over the next couple of weeks and document what’s inside.