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Bioline MyTaq Plant-PCR Kit

Bioline, a subsidiary of Meridian Bioscience, has launched MyTaq Plant-PCR kit. The product uses a novel buffer system that is highly tolerant to PCR inhibitors typically present in plant samples and circumvents the need for traditional, time-consuming extraction steps or additional PCR stabilizers. The kit comes in a single tube with pre-optimized protocol that is easy to automate, making it ideal for high-throughput applications such as genotyping and transgenic screening, the company said.

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