NEW YORK, March 13 – Xanthon of Research Triangle Park, NC, said Tuesday it would release its electrochemical DNA, RNA, and protein detection and analysis system for beta testing later this year, adding that the technology would offer potential users an alternative to reverse transcriptase PCR.

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