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Lexogen TraPR Small RNA Isolation Kit

Lexogen has launched its Trans-Kingdom, Rapid, Affordable Purification of RISCs (TraPR) Small RNA Isolation Kit, which it said allows for gel-free isolation of functional small RNAs (sRNAs). The firm said the kit enables specific isolation of loaded Argonaut family proteins (AGOs) through a short and simple single column purification, does not require prior sample characterization, and generates high-quality sRNA preparations for next-generation sequencing. 

Lexogen said that TraPR enables universal, fast, and bias-free isolation of RNA-induced silencing complexes and ensures an accurate representation of functional silencing sRNAs without time-consuming gel extraction steps. Users can combine the kit with Lexogen's Small RNA-Seq Library Preparation Kit. 

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