SAN FRANCISCO — Optical instrument manufacturer Reichert is taking its first step into the cell-based assay market with the release of a compact benchtop cytometer that uses electrical impedance to measure changes in cell volume.

The instrument, called the Cell Volume Cytometer, will likely be available in June, a company official told CBA News at the American Society for Cell Biology meeting held here earlier this month.

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