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ABI Reverse Transcription Reagent Kits

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Applied Biosystems has announced a number of reverse transcription reagent kits, which are optimized for use with its assays and real-time PCR instruments. The kits comprise a High Capacity RNA-to-cDNA Master Mix for first strand cDNA synthesis in high-throughput applications; a High Capacity RNA-to-cDNA Kit for first strand cDNA synthesis in low- to medium-throughput applications; a TaqMan RNA-to-CT 2-Step Kit and Power SYBR Green RNA-to-CT 2-Step Kit for screening a large number of targets from the same sample; as well as a TaqMan RNA-to-CT 1-Step Kit, to be released in April, and a Power SYBR Green RNA-to-CT 1-Step Kit for one-step workflows with reduced hands-on processing.

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