NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Rubicon Genomics said this week that its 2013 revenues increased 85 percent year over year on sales of its nucleic acid library preparation products, ThruPlex-FD Prep Kits and PicoPlex WGA Kits. ThruPlex-FD Prep Kits for Illumina’s next-generation sequencing platforms provides sequencing from challenging samples with very small amounts of DNA or degraded DNA, Rubicon said. PicoPlex-WGA Kits amplify DNA to yield a highly reproducible library from single cells with input concentrations as low as 15 picograms.

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