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Agencourt, Affymetrix, Nugen Collaborate on RNA Expression-Analysis Service

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) — Agencourt, Affymetrix, and Nugen said yesterday they have created an automated service to target and prep RNA from blood samples for expression profiling projects conducted on Affy’s GeneChip micorarrays.
 
The collaboration will support an RNA-amplification system that uses NuGen’s Ovation Whole Blood technology and automates Agencourt’s RNAdvance using Beckman Coulter’s ArrayPlex.
 
The collaboration also uses Agencourt’s RNAClean kit and SPRIPlate magnet plates.  
 
The companies said the expression-analysis service will be useful to pharmaceutical companies and government agencies seeking new biomarkers, and for academic labs that require high-throughput applications.

The Scan

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