Chronix Biomedical is betting that profiles of circulating DNAs and RNAs can help detect chronic disease, including some cancers and neurologic and autoimmune diseases.

The company is making its projection at a time when several research groups have begun to use second-generation sequencing to analyze blood-borne cell-free nucleic acids that could be applied to diagnostic or prognostic use.

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