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New Products: Ion Torrent's AmpliSeq Panels; Agilent's HaloPlex System

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Ion Torrent has launched AmpliSeq Custom Panels and AmpliSeq Designer for targeted resequencing. AmpliSeq Designer is an online tool that will allow users to custom order panels for sequencing on the Ion Torrent PGM.

The customized panels require 10 nanograms of input DNA, can include up to 1,536 amplicons per tube, and can target between 1 kilobase to 250 kilobases, according to the company.


Agilent has upgraded its HaloPlex target enrichment system for desktop sequencers to reduce the run time from 24 hours to less than six hours. Additionally, the system now requires 200 nanograms of input DNA — a 25 percent reduction from the previous version — and is compatible with formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded samples.

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