Roche's 454 Life Sciences said this week that it is launching a module for liquid-handling systems to automate a step in the sample preparation for its Genome Sequencer FLX.

The company said that the REM e System, a robotic accessory module that works with several liquid handling platforms, automates the enrichment step of emulsion PCR and subsequent primer hybridization in the GS FLX Titanium series workflow, replacing up to five hours of "dedicated manual lab work."

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This year's Breakthrough Prize winners include a pair that developed a therapy for spinal muscular atrophy.

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