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Asuragen AmplideX PCR/CE TOMM40 Kit

Asuragen has launched a kit in its AmplideX line to detect poly-T polymorphisms in the TOMM40 gene using PCR and capillary electrophoresis. The AmplideX PCR/CE TOMM40 Kit expands the firm's portfolio into the neurodegeneration, dementia progression, and Alzheimer’s disease research space. It builds on the Asuragen's success with its FMR1 and C9orf72 kits, which also reveal definitive genotypes from repetitive DNA and overcome challenges associated with high homology sequences.

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