By Ben Butkus

Life Technologies this week introduced a new real-time PCR instrument platform that company officials said has been built from the "ground up" and is intended to serve as the template for all forthcoming platforms for the next decade.

The company introduced the platform, called the ViiA 7 real-time PCR system, at an event held Sunday as part of the American Association for Cancer Research annual meeting in Washington, DC.

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