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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – A recent study has shown that the portable PikoReal PCR platform from Thermo Fisher Scientific is faster than a standard lab-based platform, and may be suitable for biothreat monitoring in the field.

Thermo Fisher is developing other product lines specifically for in vitro diagnostic use, but continues to support the hundreds of customers who have adopted the PikoReal platform, Damien Luk, director of product management in the genetic sciences division for Thermo Fisher Scientific, told GenomeWeb in an interview this week.

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