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Customer Input Drives Expansion of Cytocell Aquarius Haematology Range

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Oxford Gene Technology (OGT) has announced a significant expansion of its existing catalogue of Cytocell Aquarius® Haematology probes for fluorescence in situ hybridisation (FISH) — underlining the company's position as the one-stop-shop for high-quality FISH probes. These additions have been introduced due to an ongoing commitment to use customer input as a major driver for the rapid development of the latest research-relevant probes. The 14 newly launched probes are:

• CBFB Proximal Probe Red
• CBFB Distal Probe Green
• MECOM Probe Red
• RUNX1 Probe Green
• NUP98 Proximal Probe Red
• NUP98 Distal Probe Green
• TET2 Probe Red
• USP46 (4q12) Probe Green
• CSF1R/RPS14 (5q32-q33) Probe Red
• EGR1/CDC25C (5q31) Probe Green
• TERT (5p15.33) Probe Aqua
• CUX1 (7q22) Probe Green
• EZH2 (7q36) Probe Red
• Chromosome 7 Alpha Satellite Probe Aqua

The new cost-effective and quality-assured probes are optimised for use on common sample types and are sold as pre-mixed, easy-to-use formulations to minimise experimental errors. The importance of researchers’ input in announcement demonstrates the ongoing success of OGT’s myProbes® service, which enables scientists to order custom-made probes for virtually any sequence in the human genome. All probes are produced under GMP/GLP guidelines using the Cytocell BAC-2-FISH™ process, combining high-intensity signals with low levels of background fluorescence and providing maximum confidence in results.

As the longest-standing FISH probe manufacturer in the world, 2016 marks 25 years of Cytocell expertise and customer service in the development and production of FISH products. “myProbes gives us the opportunity to get continuous input from our customers,” explains Faidra Partheniou, Haematology Product Manager at OGT, “it truly helps us to respond quickly to changes in customer demand and it helps researchers by providing a first port of call for rapid development of new probes. These latest additions to our Cytocell Aquarius portfolio are testament to this.”

OGT also offers the opportunity to evaluate the accurate, user-friendly FISH probes in customer’s own labs free of charge by simply requesting up to four free probes from their extensive range. The new additions to the Cytocell Aquarius® Haematology probe range are currently only available within North America as analyte specific reagents (ASRs), analytical and performance characteristics are not established. CE-marked IVD versions for sale in Europe are anticipated.