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Qiagen QiaSeq Direct SARS-CoV-2 Kit

Qiagen has launched the QiaSeq Direct SARS-CoV-2 Kit, a viral genome enrichment and library preparation product that the company said significantly reduces library turnaround times and plastics use compared with ARTIC project protocols (primer-based approaches for next-generation sequencing that are considered the gold standard for SARS-CoV-2 genome sequencing). QiaSeq Direct SARS-CoV-2 supports sample multiplexing with up to 768 Dual Molecular Indices, unique markets tagged to molecules in a sample to eliminate downstream analysis errors. Starting from extracted viral RNA, the library prep workflow can be as little as four hours, Qiagen said. In addition, plastics usage can be reduced by as much as 50 percent. Qiagen said the new kit is supported by Qiagen's Digital Insights CoV-2 Insights Service, a cloud-based solution tailored to viral genome analysis, characterization, and reporting.