Category: nucleic acid

High-throughput amplicon resequencing by custom assay

FAST, simple, and inexpensive preparation of up to 480 amplicons per sample is the claim made by Fluidigm for its Access Array Target-Specific Primers, when used with its Access Array system. “Access Array enables researchers to amplify their specific target…

Host-cell DNA clearance process now automated

A NEW automated process for the clearance of host-cell DNA promises higher recovery rates and highly sensitive qPCR. In the manufacture of therapeutic proteins and monoclonal antibodies, the clearance of host cell DNA is a vital process for product safety.…

Automated imaging of DNA, RNA, and protein gels

GEL IMAGING has become a routine and highly automated process in many modern laboratories, helped along by rapid equipment innovation. The latest development from Syngene is a gel imaging system called G:Box F3, which automatically captures and analyses images of…

Deep DNA sequencing boosts zoo research

THE POTENTIAL for genetic sequencing to play a part in the preservation of endangered animal species has long been recognised, and is now becoming reality. Among the latest applications is the use of a GS Junior benchtop sequencing system from…

Gene fragments just got cheaper

A SIGNIFICANT reduction in the cost of synthetic gene synthesis is promised by Integrated DNA Technologies with its gBlocks gene fragments, now available. These double-stranded, sequence-verified genomic blocks of up to 500 base pairs are priced at just US$99 –…

Third-generation polymerase boosts plant PCR

BETTER success rates and more efficient amplification in plant PCR is promised by the Kapa3 plant PCR kit, available in the UK exclusively from Anachem. Suitable for work on a variety of plant and tissue types, including seeds, leaf discs,…

Flow-based sequencing assembler uses cheaper resources

A GENOMIC assembly technology using a flow-based detector promises a cheaper approach to DNA sequencing, as the instruments and reagents required are much less expensive, says SoftGenetics. Its Ion Torrent PGM sequencer is based around a silicon chip made up…

Higher throughput for better H1N1 screening

THE LABORATORIES at Labor Krone and Imoltec (Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences), Germany, have taken delivery of a Thermo Scientific KingFisher Flex magnetic particle processor to enhance research into H1N1 screening. After the 2009 ‘swine flu’ pandemic (Influenza A H1N1),…

Diagnostic controls for gonorrhea and chlamydia assays

A NEW range of controls designed for the highly sensitive nucleic acid assays used in the detection of chlamydia and gonorrhea is now available from SeraCare. Accurun 341 controls are designed to monitor and validate the performance of molecular diagnostic…

Gel illuminator is safer and slimmer

SYNGENE says its new UltraSlim-LED blue light transilluminator provides safer excitation of fluorescent dyes than conventional UV, with comparable results. UltraSlim-LED, as its name suggests, uses LEDs which produce ‘Epi-blue’ light with a narrow emission peak centred at 470nm. This,…