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Agencourt Bioscience launched two new plasmid purification reagent systems. Based on Agencourt’s Solid Phase Reversible Immobilization technology, the products, SPRINTPrep and CosMCPrep, expand Agencourt’s suite of purification products to include high throughput purifications of high and low copy plasmids.

SPRINTPrep is a purification system for high copy plasmids, which can be completed in less than 15 minutes.

The product isolates plasmid DNA directly from overnight growth cultures without the need to harvest cells. SPRINTPrep is available in 96 and 384-well formats.

CosMCPrep, meantime, is a plasmid purification system that uses a single protocol to purify a variety of high and low copy number template types including BACs, fosmids, and cosmids.


Gene Logic has rolled out its next-generation enterprise software, Genesis Enterprise System 2.0, which is the data-integration, -management, and -analysis software for Gene Logic’s GeneExpress database.

Genesis 2.0 will be commercially available during the fourth quarter 2003. Gene Logic will provide the product to existing customers subscribed to the BioExpress System and/ or the ToxExpress System as part of their current subscription agreement.


Illumina has finally named its recently released SNP-genotyping system: BeadLab RC — or Research Center. According to Illumina, the unit, which is still at the heart of a legal skirmish with Applied Biosystems, costs between $1.5 million and $2 million and can produce up to 1 million genotypes per day.

Genome Quebec and the Sanger Institute have each bought one.

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