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New Products: Beckman Coulter's RNA-Seq Services; Life Tech Distributing LGC's ParaDNA

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Beckman Coulter Genomics is now offering RNA-seq services using Illumina's TruSeq RNA sample prep kits and HiSeq 2000 in conjunction with Beckman Coulter's Biomek liquid handling platform.


Life Technologies is now offering LGC Forensics' ParaDNA under a distribution agreement. ParaDNA screens samples for the presence of a usable DNA profile in 75 minutes. The system helps determine whether a sample is suitable for further testing and processing. According to Life Tech, it will complement the company's existing DNA technologies, such as its GlobalFiler product.

The Scan

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For Martian Fuel

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To Boost Rapid Testing

The Washington Post writes that new US programs aim to boost the availability of rapid at-home SARS-CoV-2 tests.

PNAS Papers on Strawberry Evolution, Cell Cycle Regulators, False-Positive Triplex Gene Editing

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