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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Spartan Bioscience today announced a sample-to-result device that purports to be the world's smallest PCR-based molecular diagnostics platform.

The Spartan Cube is four inches on each side and enables 30-minute diagnostic tests, CEO Paul Lem told GenomeWeb in an interview. The company also noted that it is smaller than other commercially available point-of-care, sample-to-result systems from Alere and Roche, as well as a proposed device from Cepheid.

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