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New Products: Bio-Rad's ddPCR Kit; Genalice's Map

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Bio-Rad has launched a ddPCR library quantification kit for Illumina's TruSeq sample preparation protocols. The kit runs on Bio-Rad's QX100 Droplet Digital PCR system and allows researchers to directly measure amplifiable library concentrations. The kit also reduces PCR bias and maximizes the number of usable reads, according to the company.


Genalice is planning to launch Genalice Map, software for processing raw sequence data. According to the company, the software aligns data faster than existing methods at 70 million bases per second, and requires 100 times less storage space.

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