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GE Healthcare, Decision Biomarkers

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GE Healthcare this week launched its illustra GenomiPhi HY DNA Amplification Kit and the illustra GenomiPhi V2 DNA Amplification Kit, both of which it recommends for genomic DNA preparation.

According to GE, the illustra GenomiPhi kits provide a method for genomic DNA stock replenishment and for DNA preparation upstream of PCR, genotyping, array comparative genomic hybridization, and cloning applications. Both kits use GE Healthcare's Phi 29 DNA polymerase technology which is based on an isothermal method of whole genome amplification, the company said.

GE also said that the GenomiPhi HY kit is a new offering for midi-scale DNA preparation, while the GenomiPhi V2 kit replaces GE Healthcare's original GenomiPhi kit for small-scale DNA preparation.


Decision Biomarkers last week launched its 8-Plex Cytokine Max Biochip that the company claims enables drug researchers to test for eight standard biomarkers linked to several inflammatory disorders at the same time.

The company also announced the availability of its iMark Biochip for use in customizable assays.

Both biochips are used in the Avantra Q400 Biomarker Workstation, DBI's flagship multiplexed-immunoassay system, which was formerly called the MultiMark Express.

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