By Ben Butkus

OpenPCR, a startup venture led by two Bay Area amateur biologists, said last week that it has begun shipping its flagship product — a pre-fabricated kit for assembling a personal thermal cycler that costs just over $500.

So far OpenPCR has shipped nearly 50 of its kits to high schools, biotechnology companies, and hobbyists in five continents and 13 countries, co-founder Tito Jankowski told PCR Insider this week.

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