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Empirical Bioscience 2X qPCR Probe Master Mix

Empirical Bioscience has released 2X qPCR Probe Master Mix for probe-based quantitative PCR applications. This new product is for real-time evaluation of DNA using fluorescent probe-based detection. It contains FlashTaq HotStart DNA polymerase, a chemically modified Taq DNA polymerase that remains inactive at room temperature but becomes activated after 2 minutes at 95° C. The master mix also contains dNTPs, MgCL2, and optimized buffer for fast, efficient qPCR. It has been optimized for use with hydrolysis-based probes such as TaqMan, but is also suitable with other probe-based detection systems. The mix is available in multiple versions for various applications including bulk and custom volumes for commercial and biotech.
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