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Autogen NeXTRACT 48

AutoGen has launched the NeXTRACT 48 platform for the rapid extraction of viral DNA and/or RNA from a variety of samples including viral transport media, universal viral transport, and sputum. NeXTRACT 48 is compatible with most COVID-19 real-time PCRs diagnostic kits, is compact and easily fits into a BSL2 environment, and can process 48 samples in 20 minutes or 800 samples or more per day, AutoGen said. The platform is ideal for labs looking to supplement COVID-19 viral RNA extractions or to add a back-up platform with a low capital investment and operating cost, with consumables costing less than $5 per sample, the Holliston, Massachusetts-based company said.

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