Agilent Technologies has released a new version of its SureSelect Human All Exon Kit, which it developed together with the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute (see article, this issue). The new kit covers about 50 megabases in total, 12 megabases more than the old kit. Protocols for the kit support Illumina end sequencing, paired-end sequencing, and indexing in addition to fragment library format, paired-end sequencing, and barcoding on the SOLiD system. Online customization of the new kit will be available in the near future, according to the company.
Sage Science has released its Pippin Prep DNA size selection system, which automates the collection of DNA fragments for next-generation sequencing library preparation. The system can replace manual gel purification techniques, and it uses a proprietary electrophoretic approach that extracts narrow size distributions from sheared genomic DNA and takes only one to two minutes per sample, the company said.