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Product Watch: Oct 13, 2011


Roche Diagnostics has launched its LightCycler Nano real-time PCR system in the US.

The 32-well LightCycler Nano is a benchtop system intended for "labs currently sharing time on another lab’s real-time PCR instrument," the company said in a statement.

Roche officials told PCR Insider prior to the system's launch that the Nano is intended to complement the company's LightCycler 480 and LightCycler 1536 real-time PCR systems (PCR Insider 6/2/2011).

Roche said it will begin accepting orders for LightCycler Nano instruments in early November.

Biogazelle has launched a qPCR-based service for analyzing long non-coding RNAs and long intergenic non-coding RNAs.

Specifically, the company said that it has developed validated qPCR assays for 1,666 lincRNAs and 52 lncRNAs. It runs the experiments in 5,184-well SmartChips from Wafergen and analyzes the data with its qbasePlus software.

Roche NimbleGen said this week that it will soon launch a pre-capture multiplex target enrichment protocol for its SeqCap product line that will allow multiple DNA samples to be barcoded and captured in a single SeqCap EZ Library reaction for exome or custom capture experiments.

The company said it also plans to launch a "more comprehensive" exome capture product, SeqCap EZ Exome Library v3.0, that will target 64 Mb of coding exons and miRNAs.

The company did not provide a launch date for the new products.

The Scan

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