NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) — New Zealand-based startup Ubiquitome, a spinout of the University of Otago, has launched a handheld qPCR platform. Called Freedom4, the battery-operated, fieldable device can run four standard qPCR assays in about one hour.

The platform runs using an iPhone or laptop and has a six-hour battery life. It was specially designed to be easy to hold and work with for users sampling nucleic acids in the field.

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