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New Products: Beckman Coulter's SPRIworks HT; Sage Science's BluePippin; Riken's sample prep

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Beckman Coulter has launched SPRIworks HT, a high-throughput fragment library prep kit for Illumina sequencing platforms. The system uses the company's solid phase reversible immobilization technology and requires only 15 minutes of hands-on time. Up to 96 samples can be prepared in three hours without size selection, or six hours with size selection.


Sage Science has launched BluePippin, an instrument that automates size selection and DNA retrieval for library construction. The BluePippin is an updated version of Sage's Pippin Prep system, but with an added pulse-field power supply, which allows larger fragments of DNA to be separated with high resolution and accuracy. It can automatically collect DNA fragments up to 50 kilobase pairs, according to the company.


Researchers at the Riken Omics Science Center have developed an automated sample-prep workflow for the HeliScope sequencer. The workflow uses a method developed by the Riken team known as cap analysis of gene expression, or CAGE, and reduces the sample-prep time for 96 CAGE cDNA libraries from 42 days to eight days.

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