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NIH Sequencers Pick Agencourt Kits

NEW YORK, July 23-Agencourt Bioscience will supply DNA plasmid purification kits to the National Institutes of Health Intramural Sequencing Center, the company said yesterday.

 

These MCPrep kits will be used with the Packard Bioscience DNATrak liquid handling system, supplying a throughput of about 10,000 samples in nine hours.

 

Financial details of the agreement were not disclosed.

 

Projects underway at the NIH sequencing center include efforts in comparative vertebrate genomics, mammalian gene sequencing, and cancer genomics.

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