Sequencing technology startup company GnuBio has obtained a license from Harvard University to use microfluidics- and emulsion-based technology developed there. These tools will enable the firm to develop a DNA sequencer that can sequence a human genome at 30X coverage — for less than $100 in reagent costs, the company says. GnuBio says the sequencer will also be able to run diagnostic-scale batches across a small candidate gene region at 100X coverage for less than $2 per sample.

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