Ion Torrent Ships New RNA Sequencing Application

life technologiesCARLSBAD, Calif., May 31, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Life Technologies Corporation today announced it is now shipping the Ion Total RNA-Seq Kit for the Ion Personal Genome Machine (PGM™) sequencer, a solution that provides a fast, affordable, easy-to-use alternative to microarrays for transcript expression analysis. The Ion PGM sequencer puts RNA-Seq within the reach of any lab, enabling scientists to get far more accurate and comprehensive data than microarrays can provide for a comparable price.

RNA-Seq has always been the preferred method for studying gene expression because it provides the most complete information, such as transcript quantitation and the detection of novel transcripts and mutations. However, the cost and complexity of high-throughput next-generation sequencing technology has kept most researchers from adopting it.

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