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Cole-Parmer DNA Prep Kit by Arcis Biotechnology

Cole-Parmer has launched the DNA Prep Kit by Arcis Biotechnology. The Arcis kit can be used for DNA and/or RNA extractions from fluids, such as blood, and requires as little as 30 µl of sample. It uses a two-step workflow that prepares samples in three minutes with high yields. The product is ideal for PCR, real-time PCR, isothermal amplification, sequencing, genetic profiling, and forensic studies, and can be easily integrated into automated processes, the company said. 

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And For Adolescents

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Test for Them All

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PNAS Papers on Oral Microbiome Evolution, Snake Toxins, Transcription Factor Binding

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