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ZyGEM Releases Data Confirming its prepGEM(R) Insect Kit is a Simple, Rapid Method for Extracting Insect DNA for Species Identification
Date:10/15/2009

SOLANA BEACH, Calif., and HAMILTON, New Zealand, Oct. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- ZyGEM Corp. Ltd., a provider of innovative enzyme-based products for DNA extraction and other life sciences applications, today announced the availability of a new application note documenting that its prepGEM® Insect DNA extraction kit is capable of producing high yields of high-quality, ready-to-analyze DNA that is sufficient to serve as a template for PCR without the need for further amplification.

The application note also shows that in conjunction with multiplex PCR, this extracted DNA can rapidly and reliably identify various insect species at all life stages. This capability addresses an important unmet need--current insect identification techniques, including morphology, do not allow for reliable identification of immature insects. With access to high-throughput, reliable species identification regardless of life stage, optimal insect control and market allocation measures can be implemented earlier and more effectively. The prepGEM® Insect kit uses a single closed-tube system that reduces extraction time and cost while protecting the sample from contamination. The kit is also designed for easy adaptation for automation with most off-the-shelf systems.

"Data in this prepGEM® Insect application note confirms that our kits easily and rapidly extract DNA from insect samples, allowing researchers to identify species at all life stages, even at those early stages that typically make accurate identification difficult," said Paul Kinnon, CEO of ZyGEM. "The molecular detection of insect species offers growers major advantages over conventional approaches, and the speed and ease-of-use afforded by our prepGEM® kit allows for rapid DNA-based detection and monitoring of different insect species efficiently and reliably, without significant investment of time or hardware. We believe that these advantages make our
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