Clontech Laboratories and Rubicon Genomics have launched the SMARTer Universal Low Input RNA Library Prep Kit. The kit combines Rubicon's ThruPlex technology, which was designed for samples with very low inputs — between 50 picograms and 50 nanograms — with Clontech's SMARTer kits for RNA sequencing. The combined kit is available for sequencing on Illumina instruments.
BioNano Genomics has launched its Irys System for genome mapping in Europe. The system uses nanochannel array technology and can be used to analyze structural variation, finish genomes, and generate de novo physical maps of genomes. Additionally, the firm said it plans to launch IrysChip, which will be higher throughput, in the second half of the year.
Life Technologies has launched Oncomine Next Gen Sequencing Power Tools, an analytics offering for cancer researchers that consists of a suite of software tools to survey novel predicted driver mutations and gene fusions across all cancers and within two dozen specific cancers types, as well as explore simple summary analyses that integrate multiple types of gene and pathway aberrations with clinical data, according to the company.