By Ben Butkus

RainDance Technologies has launched its digital PCR platform for applications such as rare allele detection and copy number variation analysis.

The platform, called the RainDrop digital PCR system, will immediately compete with existing commercial digital PCR products from Bio-Rad, Fluidigm, and Life Technologies — although RainDrop will offer a dynamic range that is "orders of magnitude" greater than rival systems, the company said this week.

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