At the Consumer Genetics Conference last week in Boston, GnuBio unveiled its $50,000 desktop sequencer, which recently shipped to the first of the company's beta testers ahead of a wider commercial launch of the system expected next year.

GnuBio CEO John Boyce announced at the opening of the conference that a planned live demonstration of the instrument had been cancelled due to issues with conference site regulators concerning the use of live biologic materials.

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