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Sage Science Signs South American Distribution Deal with Uniscience

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Sample prep firm Sage Science and Brazilian life science distribution company Uniscience do Brasil today announced a distribution deal for Sage's DNA size selection product portfolio.

The deal is Sage's first distribution agreement covering the South American market.

Its Pippin DNA size selection system is made up of an electrophoresis instrument and precast, disposable gel cassettes. In small fragment collections, the Pippin Prep system can be used to construct next-generation sequencing libraries for paired-end sequencing, ChIP-seq, and the preparation of templates for emulsion PCR, the Beverly, Mass.-based firm said.

For the collection of larger fragments, it added, the system provides researchers a tool to expand size selection to fragments up to 50 kb with pulsed-field electrophoresis. Manual gel purification that requires this step can be replaced by Sage's technology, the company said.

Financial and other terms of the deal were not disclosed.

"Next-generation sequencing is a rapidly growing segment of the research market in South America and through this agreement we are taking another step toward offering our customers a complete line of innovative workflow solutions for DNA analysis," Uniscience President and CEO Sergio Joelsons said in a statement.

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