Scientists and engineers at Sandia National Laboratories have built a prototype of a modular microfluidic library preparation platform that will allow users to process small numbers of DNA samples for next-gen sequencing in an automated fashion.

The device, which can be easily reconfigured for different applications, only requires nanogram amounts of DNA. While it currently produces libraries for Illumina sequencing, the system could be reconfigured for other types of sequencing platforms.

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