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Fluidigm Europe announced the launch of its new EP1 system for genetic analysis, which provides the company's integrated fluidic circuit-based genotyping technology in a desktop-sized configuration.

According to Fluidigm, the system can perform digital PCR, provide up to 9,216 data points per IFC chip, yield results in four hours, and genotype more than 27,000 samples a day. "By adding more IFC controllers and thermal cyclers to be used in conjunction with a single EP1 Reader, laboratories can generate more than 200,000 genotypes in a day," Fluidigm said in a statement.

The more compact EP1 system performs SNP genotyping "with better than 99 percent call rates and 99.75 percent or greater accuracy," Fluidigm claims.

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