By Julia Karow

GnuBio plans to release a beta version of its desktop microfluidic sequencer in the second quarter and to launch the system commercially by the end of the year, the company said earlier this month.

The firm plans to focus on gene panel resequencing and replacing Sanger-based single-gene assays with its instrument, which integrates target amplification, sequencing, and data analysis. GnuBio promises its customers low cost, high accuracy, and fast turnaround times.

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