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Applied Biosystems, a division of Life Technologies, has introduced a new set of TaqMan assays for RNA expression analysis.

According to the company, the assays can be used to evaluate levels of RNA expression in model organisms including cows, chickens, horses, pigs, rabbits, and rice.

"The assays will enable genomic analysis of plants for agricultural studies to improve crop yield and of animals for herd management," the company noted. "Also, assays for species such as chickens, rabbits, pigs, and cattle will help to advance both animal and human disease research."

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