By Ben Butkus

Biotech firm ZyGem and pharmacogenomic assay developer Genomic Health each said this week that they have developed methods for extracting all of the RNA from samples for downstream testing and analysis.

ZyGem's method, which is available as a commercial RNA-extraction kit called RNAGem, involves a single-tube, rapid extraction of RNA from lysed cells. ZyGem said that the method can prepare samples in under 20 minutes, or up to ten times faster than existing RNA extraction products.

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