This Standard Reference Material (SRM®) is intended for use as a template for ribonucleic acid (RNA) control synthesis using in vitro transcription (IVT). These RNA controls are designed to be used as external, or ?spike-in?, controls to support confidence in gene expression assays by providing quantitative assessment of the technical performance of a gene expression measurement. A unit of the SRM contains 96 different 0.5 mL polypropylene tubes, with approximately 10 ?g of dehydrated plasmid deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) in each. Each tube contains plasmid DNA with a unique template sequence for a different external RNA control. These controls were developed in cooperation with the External RNA Control Consortium (ERCC).
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