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Product Watch: IntegenX mRNA Sample Prep Kit; Eppendorf PCR-Specific Pipetting Systems

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IntegenX this week introduced the directional messenger RNA kit for automated next-generation sequencing library preparation on its Apollo 324 system.

The new kit requires just 500 picograms of mRNA starting material and speeds RNA-seq analysis of a broad range of clinical samples including tissue collections, IntegenX said.

The kit joins IntegenX's other DNA, RNA, and ChIP-Seq kits for preparing sequencing libraries for analysis on NGS platforms from Illumina (GA, HiSeq, and MiSeq), Life Technologies (Ion Proton and Ion Torrent PGM), and Roche (GS Junior, GS FLX and GS FLX+).

IntegenX, based in Pleasanton, Calif., recently formed a sequencing business unit to handle demand for the Apollo 324 System and "accelerate the company’s responsiveness to the NGS community," the company said in a statement.


Eppendorf has launched a pair of automated pipetting systems designed specifically for PCR setup and nucleic acid purification.

The epMotion P5073 and M5073 devices are designed to "streamline and automate complex analytical processes, while retaining flexibility to be used as open systems for diverse automated liquid-handling applications," Eppendorf said in a statement.

Using the epMotion M5073, scientists can carry out DNA purification techniques with minimal manual input, achieving short setup times and high yields. Meantime, accompanying MagSep reagent kits eliminate the need for manual buffer handling and require only room temperature storage, the company said.

The epMotion P5073 offers similar benefits in PCR applications, with four different step-by-step guided PCR assistants available, Eppendorf said.

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