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Labcyte, Qiagen Team on siRNA Reagent Offering

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Labcyte and Qiagen today announced that they have teamed up to offer Qiagen's FlexiPlate siRNA reagent libraries on Labcyte's Echo microplates.

The microplates are used on Labcyte's Echo liquid handler to miniaturize the transfer of small interfering RNA reagents. The Echo liquid handler uses acoustic energy to move fluids without physical contact, reducing the possibility of cross-contamination.

"Data show that siRNA screening at reduced volume is superior or equal to results obtained with traditional liquid handlers," Labcyte President and CEO Mark Fischer-Colbrie said in a statement.

Terms of the alliance were not disclosed.

The Scan

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