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New Lab901 Technical Note: The ScreenTape Degradation Value (SDV), a new standard for RNA QC

Lab901 has announced the availability of a new technical note entitled ‘The ScreenTape® Degradation Value (SDV), a new standard for RNA QC.' The technical note can be downloaded by clicking here. Lab901's ScreenTape Degradation Value (SDV)1 is an RNA QC metric that is specifically optimised for, and fully integrated with, Lab901's ScreenTape R6K platform. 

In an independent benchmarking study, the SDV has been shown to be equivalent to the RIN number for total RNA quality assessment and to offer better discrimination for poorer quality samples. Lab901's software calculates RNA degradation based on factors that avoid common difficulties associated with the interpretation of RNA electropherograms. Generation of the SDV is independent of ribosomal peak volumes and therefore avoids the inherent uncertainty of relying on peak boundaries. The result is an RNA QC metric that can reliably and reproducibly help researchers decide which samples can be used for downstream microarray, next generation sequencing and RT-qPCR experiments.  

For more information visit the website at or call +44 131 448 2904. 

[1] Wilkes T. M. et al. (2010) BMC Research Notes 3:89

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