This article has been updated from a previous version to include market research information about Fluidigm from DeciBio.

Fluidigm disclosed last week that it is developing an automated sample prep system for single-cell gene expression studies and, eventually, single-cell targeted and whole-transcriptome sequencing research.

The South San Francisco, Calif.-based firm also reported that its first-quarter revenues increased 26 percent on strong growth for both its instruments and consumables.

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