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Transgenomic has launched its Surveyor mutation detection kits for universal primer fluorescent capillary electrophoresis. The kits detect mismatch mutations in DNA that has been PCR amplified using two fluorescent primers and digested with Surveyor nuclease in order to enable “highly sensitive” mutation detection on Applied Biosystems’ DNA sequencing instruments, the company said.

InforSense has unveiled GenSense, a statistical genetics extension for its KDE workflow software. GenSense helps researchers identify SNP's and produce reports with graphical summaries and visualizations of large data sets. GenSense supports data from the Illumina and Affymetrix genotyping platforms and links to genomics data resources such as Entrez Gene, HapMap, and dbSNP. The software is currently available to partners under an early-access program, with general release scheduled for the first quarter of 2007.

Norgen Biotek has launched its 3-in-1 RNA/DNA/Protein Purification Kit, which allows users to isolate total RNA, genomic DNA, and proteins simultaneously from a single sample using one column, without additional protocols or acetone precipitation of proteins. Scientists can use the kit to obtain the three macromolecules in less than 30 minutes, the company said.

RefSeq 21 is available here from the National Center for Biotechnology Information. RefSeq 21 includes 4,742,335 records, 3,234,358 proteins, and sequences from 4,079 different organisms.

SoftGenetics has released a new version of its GeneMarker HID human identity software. The release includes simplified case evidence discrimination, a new analysis management tool, and an embedded pedigree function. GeneMarker HID accepts outputs from all Applied Biosystems capillary electrophoresis systems and all standard STR chemistries.

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