RNA research is the new frontier of discovery in life science. Labs that once analyzed dozens of RNA samples a week may now analyze hundreds or even thousands.

Assessment of RNA quality and RNA quantitation is critical for many molecular biology techniques. Manual assessment methods for both quantity and quality can use large amounts of precious materials and take a considerable amount of time to complete.

Several analytical instruments exist for the evaluation of RNA. However, these instruments either lack acceptable detection sensitivity or require significant hands-on time to complete chip loading and preparation. The Fragment Analyzer™ Automated CE System process for RNA – either for total RNA and/or messenger RNA – is completely automated, requiring minimal hands on time.

The Fragment Analyzer™ Automated CE System provides an RQN measurement to assist with RNA analysis. RQN stands for RNA Quality Number. Derived from PROSize® analytical software, RQN assesses the quality or integrity of total RNA on a scale of 1-to-10, and allows for correlation to legacy data.