PerkinElmer has launched its Chemagic Prime automated nucleic acid isolation and assay setup instrument, which combines the company's Chemagic 360 instrument with the Janus automated liquid handling system. Researchers specializing in biobanking, genetics, and next-generation sequencing can use Chemagic Prime to streamline and automate high-quality DNA and RNA extraction for a wide range of human samples. Obtained nucleic acids can be used for a variety of downstream assays, such as NGS, genotyping, PCR, and MLPA, the firm said.
Chemagic Prime uses magnetized rods rather than magnetic plates to separate nucleic acids from solutions. This reduces the risk of contamination and isolates DNA and RNA that is more pure and intact. The instrument also incorporates additional liquid handling capabilities, which automates primary sample transfer, normalization, and setup of PCR assays and NGS libraries. Chemagic Prime can be paired with PerkinElmer's reagent kits for isolating nucleic acids from a variety of human samples, including whole blood, saliva, plasma, tissues, FFPE samples, and feces.