Fluidigm will later this year debut a 96-SNP panel for use in assessing the quality and identity of samples collected by biorepositories. Fluidigm is hoping that the panel, which was designed in collaboration with Rutgers University Cell and DNA Repository, will be adopted by biobanks seeking to establish the functional performance of their samples prior to analysis in larger, more expensive array- and sequencing-based studies.

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