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Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation to Protect Archived DNA Using Biomatrica's Room Temperature Storage
Date:7/8/2009

SAN DIEGO, July 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Biomatrica today announced that the Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation (SMGF) will use Biomatrica's SampleMatrix room temperature storage technology to archive its DNA samples.

SMGF will use the SampleMatrix technology in place of ultra-low-temperature freezers for the long-term storage of all newly collected samples. In addition, SMGF will move its collection of previously archived samples from freezers to room temperature storage.

"SMGF has an extremely valuable collection of DNAs, and we have been very concerned about the long-term storage and preservation of the collection," said Scott Woodward, executive director of the Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation. "Biomatrica has developed a product that we feel addresses our concerns in a very practical, economical and secure way."

SMGF is using pedigree information and DNA samples to develop a genetic family tree. To date, the foundation has collected more than 100,000 samples along with corresponding genealogy charts containing at least four generations from volunteers in more than 170 countries around the world. SMGF currently stores all of its archived DNA samples in quadruplicate: one sample at 4 degrees C, one sample at minus 20 degrees C and two samples at minus 80 degrees C. SMGF plans to eliminate minus 80 degree frozen storage entirely and replace it with room temperature storage using SampleMatrix technology.

"I am all too familiar with losing precious biological materials since my wife has lost an enormous number of samples in defective freezers, and I have seen decreased sample quality through repeated freeze/thaw cycles, even when stored at minus 80 degrees," said Rolf Muller, Ph.D., president and CSO of Biomatrica. "Companies with biobanks, such as SMGF, as well as research institutions and biotechnology companies, can help safeguard their biological assets against loss in emergency sit
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