NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – NanoString Technologies said today that it is collaborating with the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard to investigate molecular networks involved in immune response and other biological processes.

As part of the collaboration, NanoString and Broad will also explore potential new basic and clinical research applications for NanoString's digital gene expression technology, NanoString said.

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