Thermo Fisher has launched the Ion AmpliSeq Transcriptome Solution for the Ion Proton. The kit targets known RefSeq genes, enables an input RNA of 10 ng and is compatible with formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded tissue, according to the company. The Ion Torrent Suite software is used to generate differential expression profiles for an initial primary analysis, after which users can export data into their existing downstream software application. The company recommends running eight samples per PI chip.

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