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Mawi DNA Technologies ISWAB-Microbiome

Mawi DNA Technologies has launched the iSWAB-Microbiome, a biosampling tool designed to collect and stabilize microbial content and diversity within gut, rectal, vaginal, skin, oral, or soil samples for processing. The tool was developed to produce an accurate representation of the microbiota composition without loss of any taxa from the point of collection to processing, to provide researchers with the ability to analyze microbiome with minimal host gDNA contamination, and to enable analysis of the microbiome DNA and RNA from the same sample, the company said.

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