NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The University of Limerick's Stokes Institute today announced a collaboration with Irish startup biotech GenCell to develop thermal control solutions for genetic testing technology.

The deal focuses on GenCell's Composite Liquid Cell technology, an approach that simulates nature "by performing molecular biology within synthetic cells," GenCell said on its website, adding the technology provides "the ideal microscale chemical environment for carrying out molecular biology."

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