Agilent Technologies has launched the RNA ScreenTape and the D1000 ScreenTape assays for quality control of samples in next-generation sequencing workflows. The new assays replace the R6K and D1K ScreenTape assays. The new RNA assay assesses total RNA for eukaryotic and prokaryotic samples, while the D1000 assay delivers closer alignment in sizing and quantification to the 2100 Bioanalyzer system.

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