By Monica Heger

Nabsys is aiming to provide an "inherently targeted" nanodetector sequencing platform that can offer de novo whole-genome sequencing and assembly, whole-genome mapping, and targeted sequencing.

The platform, based on technology dubbed "positional sequencing," will be especially suited for identifying structural variation, helping to assemble repetitive regions, and parsing heterogeneous samples, company officials told In Sequence this week.

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