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Agencourt Bioscience has launched its RNAClean reagent system for nucleic-acid purification. The technology works with antisense RNA amplification, cDNA synthesis, in vitro transcription, and cDNA and RNA labeling reactions.

Agencourt said its technology, which can be used in 96- or 384-well plates, can streamline the current Eberwine method for antisense-RNA amplification “as this single reagent can be used for both the purification of the double stranded cDNA template and the in vitro transcribed aRNA.”

The company has also released a new tube-based magnetic separation device, called SPRIstand. Agencourt said the addition of a six-position tube magnet will enable lower-throughput researchers to use the SPRI technology.


TransnetYX has launched its new mouse genotyping service. The automated, online system, which offers genotyping results in around 24 hours, provides sequence identification and positive/negative zygosity information.


LabCorp has launched a new assay for determining liver status in patients with hepatitis C. The test, LabCorp has launched a new assay for determining liver status in patients with hepatitis C. The test, HCV FibroSURE, was developed by a team of hepatologists at the Pitie-Salpetriere Hospital and BioPredictive in France. The test has been available in Europe for the past two years. , was developed by a team of hepatologists at the Pitie-Salpetriere Hospital and BioPredictive in France. The test has been available in Europe for the past two years.

HCV FibroSURE uses six serum biochemical markers, plus age and gender, in an algorithm to determine the degree of liver fibrosis and the level of ongoing necroinflammatory activity, LabCorp said in a statement this week.

Researchers at BioPredictive are currently looking to see whether HCV FibroSURE may be used for other disease states, such as hepatitis B, HIV-HCV, and alcoholic and non-alcoholic steato-hepatitis.


Lustre-Cal Nameplate has hired Applied DNA Sciences to use its Applied DNA Ink technology to launch what is believed to be the first anodized aluminum property-identification labels that contain embedded DNA as an anti-counterfeiting measure.

Firms place property ID labels on computers and electronic devices, machinery, or “any product that needs to be tracked for authentication or warranty purposes.”

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