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Affy to Collaborate with Qiagen/BD Joint Venture on Whole Blood Expression Profiling

NEW YORK, Oct. 31 (GenomeWeb News) - Affymetrix and Hombrechtikon, Switzerland-based PreAnalytix said today that they have decided to collaborate to use PreAnalytix's Blood RNA System with Affy's GeneChip arrays to analyze whole blood for expression profiling. PreAnalytix is a joint venture between Qiagen and BD.

 

The non-exclusive agreement will have as its goal a reduction in the variability in the preparation processes involved with screening whole blood samples, and a reduction in the signal contributed by globin RNA when analyzing whole blood.

 

PreAnalytix makes evacuated blood collection tubes for stabilizing whole blood cellular RNA profiles at the time of blood collection.

 

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