By Monica Heger

GnuBio said this week that it has begun building the beta version of its microfluidics-based sequencing system and is transitioning into the commercial phase of its business.

Sepehr Kiani, executive vice president of product development, said in a statement that the company routinely gets "600-base reads at 95 percent read yield" with a per-base accuracy "greater than 99.7 percent," and that it can sequence through homopolymers and simple repeat reads of nine bases.

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