IDT has developed reagents that allow for rapid, sensitive detection of RNases and DNases. These reagents are fluorescence-quenched oligonucleotide probes that emit a fluorescence signal only after nuclease degradation. The assay can be read visually or measured and quantified using fluorometry. Assays can be used qualitatively to test lab reagents, equipment and supplies for nuclease contamination. Assays can also be used quantitatively to study enzyme kinetics.