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MGI Automated Sample Prep Workstations

MGI, a subsidiary of BGI, has introduced its MGISP series of automated sample preparation workstations worldwide. The portfolio includes the MGISP-960, a workstation with options for built-in thermocycler for PCR, isotherm stage, shaker, magnetic racks, and on-deck functions that prepare up to 96 samples simultaneously. According to the firm, the tool covers several applications, including genomics, cell biology, drug discovery, and protein science. In addition, MGI has introduced the MGISP-100, a 16 sample automated workstation that it said is optimized for NGS applications. 

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