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UK Biobank to Use RTS Sample-Processing Systems

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – RTS Life Science will provide the UK Biobank with four systems for processing saliva and blood samples, the company said today.

UK Biobank, which officially launched in late July, will use four of the company’s Automated Sample Processor 800 systems to process participant samples.

The company said that the new instruments will allow the project to process up to 800 samples per day.

Financial terms of the agreement were not released.

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