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Commonwealth Biotechnologies Presents Data at Forensic Sciences Meeting Confirming Benefits of ZyGEM's DNA Extraction Technology
Date:3/4/2009

DNA and the closed-tube system minimizes the risk of contamination. These kits can be specially designed to be compatible with common STR genotyping profiling kits and forensic genotyping methods. The ability to accurately and easily extract high quality DNA by a cost-effective method is especially critical for our operations at FIL."

"Data presented by CBI scientists at this important meeting show that our DNA extraction products improve DNA yield while also simplifying laboratory workflow and minimizing the potential for error and contamination," said Paul Kinnon, CEO of ZyGEM. "CBI researchers have found that our forensicGEM(TM) approach is automatable using most liquid handling equipment, is easily adaptable to standard laboratory equipment, enables very high throughput using robotic processing and improves reproducibility of results."

The forensicGEM(TM) approach uses ZyGEM's proprietary enzyme and a single closed-tube system to simplify laboratory workflow, minimize error, reduce the risk of contamination and ensure sample integrity, while also reducing costs. The kits are easy to automate for high-throughput applications using off-the-shelf robotic systems. They have been specifically formulated for DNA extraction from a range of different crime sample types without the need for further purification. With forensicGEM(TM), researchers can prepare samples up to three times faster than with existing products and at a lower cost.

The AAFS poster, "Use of a Novel Enzyme to Prepare Samples for Forensic Analysis," was prepared by CBI and ZyGEM researchers and presented at the American Academy of Forensic Science's Annual Meeting on March 19, 2009. For more information, visit http://www.aafs.org/pdf/09Crim.pdf

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