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Bioo Receives $750,000 NSF Grant to Improve Small RNA Sequencing

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Austin, Texas-based Bioo Scientific announced today that the National Science Foundation has awarded the firm a $750,000 Phase II grant to continue to improve the accuracy of small RNA expression analysis.

Bioo will use the award to develop additional bias-reducing technologies for small RNA library preparation, the firm said in a statement. The firm's NextFlex Small RNA-Seq Kit v2 reduces bias typically seen in small RNA sequencing by incorporating a randomized adapter strategy.

"The technology behind the recently launched NextFlex Small-RNA-Seq Kit v2 is a major shift in the way small RNA sequencing is performed, and will pave the way for unbiased discovery and measurement of new small RNAs for research and clinical applications," Masoud Toloue, VP of genomic research at Bioo, said.

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