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Applied Biosystems: Jan 15, 2004

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Applied Biosystems has launched its SNPlex genotyping platform, which will enable researchers to use ABI's 3730xl and 3730 gene sequencers to perform genotyping work. The unit has 48-plexing capabilities, and will soon be upgraded for 192-plex ability. The platform can detect 4,500 SNPs in parallel in as little as 15 minutes; 192-plexing would enable the machine to genotype more than 1 million SNPs per day, ABI said.

Michael Rhodes, senior application specialist for SNP-genotyping at ABI, said the SNPlex already has customers; reagents for the platform have been shipping for some time.

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