microRNAs (miRNAs) may provide useful markers for the development of disease diagnostic and prognostic assays. NGS brings sensitivity, specificity, and the ability to maximize data acquisition and minimize costs of miRNA sequencing by using multiplex strategies to allow many samples to be sequenced simultaneously with small RNA analysis. However, small RNA sequencing has typically suffered from three major drawbacks: severe bias, such that sequencing data does not reflect original miRNA abundances, the need to gel purify final libraries, and lack of low-input protocols. The NEXTflex™ Small RNA-Seq Kit v3 addresses these drawbacks by using two strategies: randomized adapters to reduce ligation-associated bias, and a dual approach to adapter-dimer reduction, thereby allowing gel-free or low-input small RNA library preparation.

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