This article was originally published Jan. 10.

Nabsys is planning to launch a first iteration of its semiconductor-based sequencing system in the second half of the year, company officials told In Sequence last week. The first version will focus on genome mapping of microbial organisms with future versions having applications in assembly and validation of larger genomes, structural variation detection, targeted sequencing, and eventually whole-genome sequencing.

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