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New Products: Fluidigm's Access Array kits; Biomax's Pedant Cloud Service; PacBio's C2 Chemistry

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Fluidigm has launched a number of sample prep kits for next-generation sequencing.

The company's Access Array Target-Specific Primers, offered as a custom assay design service, are intended for amplicon resequencing on Illumina platforms and have the ability to prepare up to 480 amplicons per sample at a time. Using the primers in conjunction with the Access Array Barcode Library enables 384 samples to be multiplexed in one sequencing run on the Illumina platform, according to the company.

The company has also launched its Access Array Barcode Library for the Ion Torrent PGM, which allows 96 different samples to be multiplexed in a single sequencing run. The library uses a bidirectional amplicon tagging approach that allows reads to be obtained from both ends across the full length of the amplicon with single-read sequencing.

According to the company, the Access Array System can prepare amplicons in just hours, instead of days, and for less than $10 per sample.


Biomax has launched its Pedant Cloud Service, a subscription service for sequence analysis based on the company's Pedant-Pro Sequence Analysis Suite. With the service, researchers can load sequences and receive a complete genome analysis online.


Pacific Biosciences has launched the C2 chemistry for its PacBio RS sequencing system. The new chemistry offers a two-fold increase in average read length, a three- to four-fold improvement in mappable data per SMRT cell, a 50 percent to 80 percent reduction in input DNA required, and a consensus accuracy of 99.999 percent (see related story, this issue).

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