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ABI, Affy, GE, NIAID Among Eight Groups to Act as ERCC RNAi Testing Sites

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The External RNA Controls Consortium today said that eight testing sites have registered for the initial phase of the RNA control testing initiative.
 
The participants are: Affymetrix, Agilent, Applied Biosystems, GE Healthcare, Illumina, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Qiagen, and Roche Molecular Systems.
 
The ERCC said it will be accepting applications for other non-manufacturing or non-production sites for control testing in different types of biological samples later this year.
 
Founded in 2003, the ERCC is an ad-hoc group with approximately 200 members from more than 65 private, public, and academic organizations that aims to develop a set of external RNA controls, related protocols, and analysis tools.

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