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Biotium Announces Acquisition of CAT5™ FFPE RNA/DNA Extraction Technology from Cell Data Sciences

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Cell Data Sciences developed RNAstorm™ and DNAstorm™ FFPE extraction kits based on research initiated at Stanford University. The kits feature a novel CAT5™ catalytic technology for enzymatic reversal of formaldehyde crosslinking in FFPE tissue samples. This revolutionary technology offers higher yields of amplifiable nucleic acids from formalin-fixed samples compared to leading competitors’ kits. The increased yields of higher quality RNA/DNA allow for more robust results in downstream applications such as next-gen sequencing (NGS), RT-PCR, and microarrays.

All RNAstorm™ and DNAstorm™ kits will continue to use the Cell Data Sciences catalog numbers with revised product names. Biotium will also continue to offer the RNAstorm™ RNA extraction kit for fresh cells and tissues. This simple spin column-based RNA extraction kit offers higher yields than leading competitor kits (up to 120 ug RNA) from fresh cells and tissues in as little as 20 minutes. For customers who wish to extract DNA and RNA from the same FFPE sample, Biotium will offer a combination of both the DNAstorm™ and RNAstorm™ FFPE extraction kits at a discounted price when compared to purchasing each kit separately. See the catalog numbers, revised product names, and links to all product pages below:

CELLDATA RNAstorm™ FFPE RNA Extraction Kit (Catalog No. CD501)

CELLDATA DNAstorm™ FFPE DNA Extraction Kit (Catalog No. CD502)

DNAstorm™/RNAstorm™ Combination Kit for FFPE Tissues (Catalog No. CD503)

CELLDATA RNAstorm™ Fresh Cell and Tissue RNA Isolation Kit (Catalog No. CD504)

With this acquisition, Biotium grows its portfolio of technologies and products for molecular biology research. For RNA workflows, see our RNA research solutions page to learn more about Biotium’s products for RNA gel staining, RNA quantitation on Qubit® or microplate reader, and RNase decontamination. Also see our technologies for DNA quantitation and qPCR .

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