Applied Biosystems Launches Service Provider Programme for Real-Time RNA Expression Analysis
News Sep 17, 2008
Applied Biosystems Inc announced that it has established a global service provider programme for RNA expression analysis. The TaqMan® Service Provider Program was created for research scientists who do not have laboratories equipped for performing TaqMan assays, or who choose to outsource their experiments to obtain sensitive and reproducible data, generated by authorised third parties using Applied Biosystems’ TaqMan RNA expression analysis reagents.
This programme will provide these scientists with a comprehensive solution for completing a variety of biological sample processing and data analysis projects that incorporate gold-standard TaqMan assay chemistry. Scientists who need higher throughput real-time PCR capabilities or advanced TaqMan solutions can also benefit from having access to these service providers.
The initial service providers in the programme include Gene Logic, an Ocimum Biosolutions Company (United States); Genome Explorations (United States); SeqWright Inc (United States); Asuragen (United States); Central Biotechnology Services (United Kingdom); DNAVision (Belgium); OncoStem (Spain); The Gandel Charitable Trust Sequencing Centre (Australia); and Sydney University Prince Alfred Molecular Analysis Centre (Australia).
These organizations will offer their customers genomic research services that use Applied Biosystems TaqMan-based RNA expression analysis solutions. Examples of these solutions include TaqMan Gene Expression and miRNA assays, TaqMan® Arrays and TaqMan® Express Plates, and Megaplex™ products for streamlining the profiling of miRNA samples.
Other tools available to service providers include ready access to pre-defined sets of genes for pathway or disease state analyses. This week, Applied Biosystems added more than 100 preconfigured sets of genes to its TaqMan® Gene Sets portfolio, representing a significant extension to the pre-defined gene sets for this solution.
Real-time PCR performed with TaqMan RNA expression analysis assays is a widely used laboratory method for simultaneously detecting and quantifying nucleic acids in biological samples. Applications of real-time PCR performed with TaqMan RNA assays include miRNA analysis, microarray validation, RNA interference (RNAi) assessment, candidate gene studies and biological pathway studies.
Applied Biosystems is supporting the TaqMan Service Provider Program by providing reagents, instruments and expertise which are expected to enhance the participating service providers’ ability to deliver advanced RNA expression analysis services to customers. The initial members were chosen to be part of the programme based on proficiency in executing the TaqMan RNA expression analysis workflow and generating reliable data using related software analysis tools.