Applied Biosystems has released a SOLiD small RNA expression kit, a barcoding kit for multiplexing small RNA expression analysis on the SOLiD system. The technology, which is currently available to a limited number of customers through an early-access program, enables researchers to analyze up to 256 samples per run.
DNAStar has released Lasergene v8.0, a new version of its sequence analysis software. The new version has an improved primer design capability and new SNP discovery and reporting features that allow users to analyze and manage SNPs obtained from Sanger, 454, and Illumina sequencing platforms. Other new features simplify secondary protein structural analysis, expand primer walking capabilities, and simplify exports to the GenVision data visualization software. The software is compatible with DNAStar’s new next-generation sequence assembly tool, SeqMan NGen. Lasergene v8.0 works with Windows XP and Windows Vista, as well as Mac OS 10.4 and 10.5.