Following early access collaborations with academic research groups, Nabsys plans to start a beta-testing program for its single-molecule electronic DNA mapping platform by mid-year and to take orders for commercial systems in the second half of the year.

Two weeks ago at the Advances in Genome Biology and Technology conference in Marco Island, Fla., the company showed mapping data for viral, bacterial, and small eukaryotic genomes and demonstrated how its technology can help to correct de novo assemblies.

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