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Target-specific hybrid capture (TSHC) provides a nucleic acid detection method that is not only rapid and sensitive, but is also highly specific and capable of discriminating highly homologous nucleic acid target sequences. The method produces DNA:RNA hybrids which can be detected by a variety of methods.

Qiagen, Inc. | Date: 2012-04-12

The invention relates to a simple, reproducible, fast, and accurate method of quantifying and measuring telomeres in a clinical sample. The invention further relates to kits comprising premixed and optimized buffers, DNA polymerase, primers, and instructions for the detection of telomere length and quantities. Also envisioned are complete kits further including instrumentalities for the detection of telomere length and quantities.

Methods and materials for improving nucleic acid or protein recovery from samples preserved in liquid cytological preservative solutions by utilizing scavenging agents, such as hydrazine- and hydrazide-containing compounds, are provided. Lysis solutions comprising hydrazine- and hydrazide-containing compounds and kits comprising the same are also provided.

Qiagen, Inc. | Date: 2012-02-23

Provided are nucleic acids capable of hybridizing to HPV 16 and/or HPV 18 nucleic acids, in particular, mRNA encoding E2 and E6-7 gene products. Such nucleic acids are useful in methods of isolating RNA from a biological sample, methods and means for determining the presence of particular RNA splice-form variants in a biological sample, methods and means for determining the relative ratio of RNA ratios in a biological sample, methods and means for predicting the progression of precancerous cervical lesions, and methods and means for detecting disruption of genes or gene expression.

Qiagen, Inc. | Date: 2011-01-07

A water treatment apparatus with a first filtration system and a second filtration system is disclosed. The first filtration system provides purified water to an automated assay device. The second filtration system receives wastewater from an outlet and removes contaminants from the wastewater which allows for direct disposal of the wastewater via environmentally responsible means. An automated assay device comprising the water treatment apparatus and a method of treating water used by the automated assay device is also disclosed.

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