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AP Biotech Launches DNA Kit for Competing Sequencers

NEW YORK, April 2 - Amersham Pharmacia Biotech on Monday unveiled a new DNA sequencing kit designed to be used with competing DNA sequencers.

AP Biotech said the new DYEnamic energy transfer terminator sequencing kit contains a mobility file and matrix standard that make it compatible with other sequencers. Pricing information was not available and the company’s spokeswoman was not immediately available for comment.

The new reagent kit includes DYEnamic ET terminators and Thermo Sequenase II DNA polymerase, which have been available for use with the company’s MegaBACE system since 1999. These products are designed to offer stronger signals, shorter reaction times, and improved robustness for all DNA sequencing applications. 

“This new kit will provide the same high standards in quality and performance for users of other capillary sequencers that our MegaBACE users have come to expect,” Mark Sutherland, vice president of genomics at AP Biotech, said in a statement.

AP Biotech of Piscataway, NJ, is the life sciences business of Nycomed Amersham.

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