Exiqon and Asuragen Sign Agreement for Real-Time PCR Services
News Jun 11, 2013
The Asuragen Genomic Services Division provides a comprehensive range of nucleic acid-based services from biomarker discovery to development of companion diagnostics (isolation/preparation from multiple sample types, genomic profiling, miRNA/mRNA expression profiling, assay development and validation, CLIA-based clinical trial testing, bioinformatics, and regulatory services).
LNA™-based microRNA real-time PCR profiling holds great promise as a non-invasive way to discover important new biomarkers for a wide range of diseases and biological processes. Exiqon’s microRNA real-time PCR system combines a Universal RT reaction with LNA™-enhanced PCR primers, which results in unmatched sensitivity and specificity for all sample types.
”Exiqon’s high quality microRNA PCR products allow us to further expand our service offerings to meet the needs of our pharmaceutical and diagnostic partners”, said Carol Berry, Sr. Vice President & GM of Asuragen Genomic Services Division.
In a comment, Sr. VP Sales & Marketing, Henrik Pfundheller of Exiqon said: “We are honored and excited to support Asuragen on the discovery of novel microRNA biomarkers” and added: “Asuragen are experts in their own right in the field of microRNA and this is a great opportunity for us to expand our presence in the U.S. market.”
In a new study in cells, University of Illinois researchers have adapted CRISPR gene-editing technology to cause the cell’s internal machinery to skip over a small portion of a gene when transcribing it into a template for protein building. This gives researchers a way not only to eliminate a mutated gene sequence, but to influence how the gene is expressed and regulated.