ZS Genetics is hoping to leverage recent technical developments it has made to sequence DNA later this year, using its transmission electron microscopy-based single-molecule technology.

The North Reading, Mass.-based startup hopes that read lengths of several kilobases, coupled with a throughput similar to current second-generation sequencing platforms, will persuade potential customers to go with its technology, which will require buying a pricey piece of equipment but promises very low running costs.

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