January 15, 2009, Lincoln, Nebraska: LI-COR Biosciences announces a license agreement with Integrated DNA Technologies (IDT), a world leader in oligonucleotide production, to manufacture oligos for worldwide sale using its unique LI-COR IRDye 700, IRDye 800, and IRDye 800CW Infrared Dyes. LI-COR stopped manufacturing custom IRDye labeled oligos as of November 15, 2008. IDT in now one of the suppliers of custom oligos with its IRDye infrared dyes that LI-COR recommends.
IRDye near-infrared (NIR) dyes are designed as alternatives to visible fluorophore labeling; eliminating the challenges associated with background interference and can therefore significantly extend sequence read-length and base accuracy for DNA sequencing. Offering a wider dynamic range and minimal background, IRDye infrared dyes are highly sensitive, allowing scientists to reduce reagent usage and implement smaller detection geometries. As a result, researchers using nucleic acid applications with NIR-based detection can now benefit from the peerless quality of IDT’s oligos and the superior sensitivity of the LI-COR Bioscience IRDye infrared dye range.