Diffinity Genomics said this week that it has been awarded a pair of grants worth more than $200,000 from the National Human Genome Research Institute to further develop rapid nucleic acid purification methods.

Rochester, NY-based Diffinity said that the grants will support the development of products to increase the efficiency of DNA purification for analysis with high-throughput systems such as DNA microarrays and next-generation sequencing.

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