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RainDance Technologies this week announced it has added a high-precision chromosomal copy number variation measurement application to its RainDrop Digital PCR system.

The new application gives researchers a method of detecting low-frequency chromosomal CNVs and trisomy events from circulating tumor cells or cell-free DNA. Recent studies have demonstrated the RainDrop's ability to detect CNVs with greater than 99 percent confidence when the sample makes up as little as 5 percent of a 10-nanogram DNA sample.

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