Beckman Coulter Genomics has released its SPRIworks Fragment Library System II, for automated library preparation on Roche's 454 GS FLX. The system can prepare up to 10 DNA libraries in 3.5 hours. The company also has an automated library prep system for the Illumina Genome Analyzer. The product line uses solid phase reversible immobilization paramagnetic bead-based technology, developed by Beckman Coulter.
Epicentre Biotechnologies, which manufactures and sells enzyme-based kits for genomics and transcriptomics research, has released Ribo-Zero rRNA removal kit, which removes ribosomal RNA from human, mouse, or rat total RNA samples for RNA-seq experiments. According to the company, the kit works on formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded samples, intact RNA, and partially degraded RNA.
SoftGenetics has released the second version of its data analysis software, NextGENe 2.0. The software is compatible with data from Roche's 454 GS FLX, the Illumina Genome Analyzer, and Life Technologies' SOLiD.
The software includes several new features including improved viewing and filtering capabilities. The new version has a variant confidence scoring tool as well as a variant comparison tool that compares up to 10 patients or samples. It can also remove duplicate reads and has improved alignment and alignment speed, according to the company.