NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) — Gene Express said yesterday that Funakoshi will distribute its Standardized RT-PCR reagents and molecular diagnostic tools in Japan.

The non-exclusive agreement will cover Start-PCR based molecular tools including kits for chronic myelogenous leukemia, lung cancer risk prediction, and inflammatory/rheumatoid arthritis. The reagents include a selection of over 600 Start-PCR internal standards.

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