This article was originally published July 6.

By Julia Karow

Digital gene expression analysis on the Helicos Genetic Analysis system complements full-length RNA sequencing methods and promises to be more accurate and less expensive than similar methods on other sequencing platforms because the sample prep is simple and avoids amplification, according to the company.

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