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Applied Biosystems to Market Covaris Sample-Prep Instrument with SOLiD System

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Applied Biosystems will sell Covaris’ sample preparation systems to support its SOLiD System genetic analyzers, Covaris said today.
Under the agreement, ABI will market and support the Covaris S2 sample-prep instrument system, which is based on the company’s Adaptive Focused Acoustic technology.
Covaris said this technology uses bead handling and fragment and mate-pair library compilation to speed bead reaction and DNA shearing, enabling generation of up to 35 base pairs of sequence data.
Jim Laugharn, President and CEO of Woburn, Mass-based Covaris, said the firm’s instrument “can be used for both high intensity shearing of genomic DNA with one sample and for controlled, gentle mixing of enzymatic reaction beads in the next sample.”

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