This week, Applied Biosystems launched its line of Power SYBR green reagents for real-time PCR gene-expression applications. The launch is the first major introduction of consumable products since ABI officials started saying the firm would place greater emphasis on the sale of such products, amid slumping sales for certain DNA sequencing and mass spectrometry instrument platforms (see BioCommerce Week 4/14/2005 ).

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