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Illumina, Esoterix


Illumina has lowered the price of its Oligator oligo-synthesis technology to $.11 per base from $.16 per base, the company said last week. The new pricing schedule will affect labs “consuming large volumes” of oligonucleotides, Illumina said, although the company did not elaborate further. The Oligator technology, which is used in genotyping, sequencing, gene-expression analysis, and PCR, can produce more than 3,000 oligos at a time, according to the company.

Esoterix has launched a new hepatitis C assay, the HCVExact, which measures virus levels in HCV patients. The assay uses the TaqMan real-time PCR. The company has also released a mutation-anal-ysis test for cystic fibrosis screening. This test, the CFDetx, includes the 25 mutations recommended by both the American College of Medical Genetics and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists for inclusion in HCV assays, Eso-terix said.

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