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Yourgene Health MagBench Automated DNA Extraction Instrument and Kit

Yourgene Health has launched the MagBench Automated DNA Extraction instrument and kit for users of its Sage 32 NIPT workflow in Asia-Pacific and the Middle East. The robotic cell-free DNA extraction benchtop workstation offers clinical laboratories a streamlined end-to-end NIPT solution. The kit comprises sample and elution tubes, presealed cartridges with all reagents needed for cfDNA purification, and individually packaged tip sets for precise volume pipetting. The kit is designed to minimize the chance of human error and risk of cross-contamination through increased automation, single-use tip disposal, and a built-in UV lamp for decontamination between runs. It is also designed to improve the accuracy and consistency of pipetting, resulting in a lower failure rate. 

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