Roche this week launched the LightCycler 96 real-time PCR instrument, the latest in the company's line of LightCycler-branded qPCR systems for life science research.

The new instrument incorporates many of the best features of Roche's existing LightCycler systems, and "closes a very important gap" in the LightCycler portfolio by offering researchers a platform in the "mid-price" segment of the markets, according to company officials.

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