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FinchLab 3.2, MagNA Pure LC 2.0

Geospiza has released FinchLab 3.2.The new version of the genetic-analysis workflow- and data-management system provides new analytical capabilities, including secondary analysis for second-generation sequencing.
According to the company, FinchLab 3.2 integrates “best of breed” algorithms to characterize data sets for experiments such as tag profiling.

Roche Applied Science has launched the MagNA Pure LC 2.0 System, an upgraded version of its nucleic acid-purification technology that is applicable to PCR, RT-PCR, sequencing, and microarrays, the company said.
New features in the MagNA Pure LC 2.0 include “a complete redesign” of the system’s housing, optimized handling, an integrated computer and LCD monitor with touch screen, new software, and LIMS/network compatibility.
In addition, the system’s error handling has been “significantly improved,” Roche said.
The system is designed to automate nucleic acid purification and PCR setup in the medium- to high-throughput range, and can process up to 32 samples at a time. Roche said it takes 52 to 180 minutes to purify 32 samples, depending on the application.

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