Informatics startup Syapse said this week that it has raised $3 million in Series A venture capital funding to support continued development of software for use in next-generation sequencing-based diagnostics.

The funding round was led by the Social+Capital Partnership. As part of the investment, Social+Capital's founder, Chamath Palihapitiya, will occupy a seat on Syapse's board of directions.

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