NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – SomaGenics has been awarded a two-year, $1.8 million Phase II Small Business Innovation Research grant from the National Institutes of Health to further develop its Real-Seq platform for next-generation sequencing of small RNAs.

The award will allow the firm to further refine its RealSeq-AC library construction approach, including streamlining workflow, increasing yield, and broadening utility to include RNA species such as tRNAs, fragments of mRNAs, and long noncoding RNAs, the firm said in a statement.

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