NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Hamilton Robotics said today that it will collaborate with Promega to develop an automated system for isolating genomic DNA from large-volume blood samples.

A new system that combines Hamilton's Microlab Star liquid handling technology and Promega's systems and reagents will increase throughput for applications such as pharmacogenomics, genetics research, and biobanking, the firms said. Hamilton said it expects to launch the new system later this year.

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