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Product Watch: Bioline's Isolate II NA Purification Kits; SciGene's Hyb-Ice Thermal Profiler

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Bioline, a subsidiary of Meridian Bioscience, this week launched its Isolate II range of nucleic acid purification kits.

The kits are based on filter membrane spin column technology with simple bind, wash, and elute steps, and are designed to quickly and efficiently extract DNA or RNA from a wide range of biological materials. Using Isolate II kits researchers can expect higher yields, higher purity, and greater reproducibility compared to previous-generation kits, Bioline said.

Ten new DNA and RNA Isolate II kits are now available for a wide range of starting samples and tissue types.

"With Isolate II nucleic acid purification kits, researchers can now quickly achieve the purity and yield necessary for high-performance PCR and real-time PCR experiments," said Marco Calzavara, president of Bioline.


SciGene this week released the Hyb-Ice Thermal Profiling System, an affordable and flexible alternative to standard thermal cyclers for performing everyday temperature profiles.

The systems consists of a programmable heating/cooling base and removable block that heat and cool samples from 4 °C to 99 °C. The system accommodates a variety of quick-change blocks to fit nearly any tube or plate.

The system also provides excellent temperature regulation, uniformity, and ramp rates; and performs PCR in either standard or large-volume tubes, SciGene said. A non-contact heated lid controls condensation, and programs can be stored or run via an onboard USB drive.

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