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Life Technologies Awards Digital PCR Innovation Grants to Five Research Labs
Date:10/24/2013

CARLSBAD, Calif., Oct. 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Life Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: LIFE) today announced five Innovation Grant recipients in the Digital PCR Applications Grant Program during the American Society for Human Genetics (ASHG) conference in Boston. Each will receive a QuantStudio 3D Digital PCR System for research projects that demonstrated innovative applications in digital PCR.

Scientists from research labs around the world submitted more than 120 applications, from which Life Technologies chose 20 finalist experiments to generate data using the QuantStudio 3D Digital PCR System. Five labs were chosen to receive the grants with guidance from Life Technologies' Scientific Advisory Council, which is made up of PCR thought leaders.

The projects that were selected to receive the Innovation Grants in the Digital PCR Applications Grant Program were performed by:

Dr. Antonio Jimenez-Velasco of Carlos Haya Hospital, Spain – Quantification of donor/recipient chimerism in bone marrow transplants of leukemia samples. His team tested the high sensitivity of dPCR to detect increasing levels of mixed chimerism in clinical research samples from stem cell transplantation patients with leukemia. Accurate detection of high chimeric levels, a tell-tale sign of risk for relapse, could one day open the door for dPCR as an early detection method for transplantation outcomes.

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