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New Products: Enzymatics' SPARK Sample Prep Kits; DNAnexus' Developer Program

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Enzymatics has launched SPARK sample prep kits for Illumina and Life Technologies' Ion Torrent sequencing platforms. The kits incorporate Enzymatics' proprietary room temperature stable library technology and reduce reagent pipetting by 30 percent, according to the company.


DNAnexus has launched its Developer Program, which allows researchers to collaborate and analyze genomic data in a web-based environment. The platform currently includes apps for alignment, annotation, debugging, RNA-seq, and variation calling. Additionally, users can generate their own apps on the platform. SPAdes, a single-cell assembler developed by researchers from St. Petersburg Academic University and Pavel Pevzner, a professor of computer science at the University of California, San Diego, is the first such app.

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