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Kapa Biosystems, Roche NimbleGen Expand Agreement to Include Targeted RNA-seq Sample Prep

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) − Kapa Biosystems will manufacture custom RNA-seq sample preparation kits for Roche NimbleGen under an expanded partnership, Kapa said today.

Specifically, Kapa will manufacture versions of its KAPA Stranded RNA-seq kits for distribution with Roche NimbleGen's recently launched SeqCap RNA target enrichment system.

Using both products, customers can start with as little as 10 nanograms of input RNA. The protocol allows for the precise measurement of strand orientation and mapping of alternate transcripts with high confidence, with uniform coverage and improved coverage of GC-rich and low-abundance transcripts, according to the companies.

The firms expanded their initial agreement from a year ago, under which Kapa custom-manufactures library prep kits for Roche NimbleGen's SeqCap EZ line of products.

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