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Qiagen s MagAttract and BioRobot M48, Ambion s MessageAmp II and GeneChip, and New England BioLabs ShortCut


Qiagen recently launched the MagAttract virus mini M48 kit for the simultaneous purification of viral DNA and RNA from serum and plasma using the BioRobot M48 workstation.

Details about the product can be found here.

Ambion recently introduced its MessageAmp II aRNA amplification kit.

The kit allows for the amplification of as little as 100 ng of input RNA in a single round for GeneChip analysis. Additional details on the new aRNA amplification kit can be found at

New England BioLabs recently introduced the ShortCut RNAi kit.

The kit is a complete system for the in vitro generation of short double-stranded RNA mixtures suitable for use in mammalian cells, said the company.

The kit includes reagents for both high-yield in vitro transcription of large dsRNA and subsequent processing into short fragments using highly concentrated RNase III with a modified reaction buffer containing manganese.

Details about the kit can be found at


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