SAN FRANCISCO, March 20 - Picture a room the size of a railroad boxcar filled with lab glass, electronics, and robotics. Now blink and replace the vision of the room, this time configured to do multi-step chemical and gene analysis and diagnostics on a chip the size of a matchbook.

 

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