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Integrated DNA Technologies this week released a double-quenched probe that the company said increases the accuracy and reliability of 5’ nuclease qPCR experiments.

As opposed to traditional probes, which have 20 to 30 bases between the dye and quencher, IDT's probe design positions an internal ZEN quencher nine bases from the 5’ fluorophore. "This shortened distance, particularly when combined with the standard 3’ quencher, significantly decreases background fluorescence and increases sensitivity," the company said.

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