Scientists from genomics tools provider Lucigen have published a paper describing the discovery, characterization, and performance of a thermostable viral DNA polymerase that enables true one-step, single-enzyme reverse-transcriptase PCR.

According to the researchers, the paper is the first peer-reviewed report of a reagent enzyme produced from a viral metagenomic library; of a viral polymerase shown to be fully thermostable in vitro; and of a single-enzyme RT-PCR method with high sensitivity and specificity comparable to commercial two-enzyme systems.

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