Tartu, Estonia, home to SNP array maker Asper Biotech, is a long, long way from Silicon Valley. But Asper has not given up on its California style high-tech dream of success with its array-based SNP genotyping system.

“We are looking at a low cost, high-throughput platform,” said Asper co-founder and chief scientific officer Andres Metspalu. “Our glass slides and 50,000 SNPs would be the ideal mix. In this we can beat anybody.”

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