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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) — IntegenX, a manufacturer of short tandem repeat PCR-based rapid DNA profiling platforms, has launched a next-generation instrument.

Called RapidHit ID, the platform processes a single buccal swab in about 70 minutes with little hands on time and no laboratory expertise required.

The new instrument is ultimately designed to enable decentralized DNA testing of suspects in places like booking stations and police precincts, and the cost of running samples on it will be about one quarter that of the firm's first-generation platform, the RapidHit System.

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