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Applied DNA Sciences and DOE to Develop PCR-Based DNA Detection Technology

NEW YORK, Dec. 21 (GenomeWeb News) - Applied DNA Sciences has signed a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement with the US Department of Energy to develop tools for rapid DNA analysis, the company said yesterday.


Under the CRADA, scientists and engineers at the DOE plan to improve DNA testing methods that build on PCR for detecting DNA recovered from materials that were spiked with DNA. Using DNA as a marker "requires a method of detection and analysis that is faster and cheaper over that which is commercially available today," said Paul Reep, the company's chief technology officer, in a statement.


Applied DNA Sciences, based in Los Angeles, develops methods to use DNA as an identifier to prevent counterfeiting, fraud, or piracy.

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