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Biocrates Life Sciences MxP Quant 500

Biocrates Life Sciences has released its new MxP Quant 500 system. The method allows researchers to quantitatively measure a large number of different metabolites produced by intestinal bacteria, the firm said. Biocrates believes the method will provide new insights into the interaction between patients and their intestinal flora. Researchers can use the kit to determine metabolite products in blood and stool samples, including several hundreds metabolites produced by the body and substances modified by the microbiome including; choline and its degradation products, branched-chain amino acids, and secondary bile acids. 

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