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Product Watch : Sep 16, 2010

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Fluidigm has launched a reusable FR48.48 Dynamic Array integrated fluidic circuit, a reusable biochip for SNP genotyping. Each chip can be used up to five times and is able to produce results for 48 samples across 48 assays for a total of up to 11,520 genotypes over the five uses, Fluidigm said.

The company said that the reusable chip can decrease the cost per genotype by up to 80 percent for ultra-high throughput SNP genotyping customers when compared to its single-use 48.48 Dynamic Array IFC.

Fluidigm has also launched the IFC Controller WX, a device that automatically performs fast loading or cleaning of its reusable IFCs. According to the firm, the reusable FR48.48 chip can be loaded in 30 minutes and the overall time for loading and thermal cycling is about one hour, compared to approximately three hours for single-use 48.48 Dynamic Array IFCs.


Norgen Biotek has launched three new urine concentration, preservation, and isolation kits for preparing DNA, RNA, microRNA, and proteins from less than 1 mL to up to 30 mL of urine for applications such as PCR, RT-PCR, qPCR, qRT-PCR, and microarray analysis.

The kits contain a Urine Concentration and Preservation Device that the company said enables rapid and simple urine concentration without the use of centrifugation, as well as preservation of DNA, RNA, and proteins in urine samples at ambient temperature. The kit also includes a Urine Preservative that prevents the growth of bacteria and fungi and inactivates viruses.

Urine DNA, RNA, and proteins in preserved samples are stable for a year at room temperature, the company said.

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