NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Zygem said today that Commonwealth Biotechnologies will evaluate how Zygem’s forensicGEM DNA extraction technology works in CBI's forensic operations.
Under the collaboration, CBI is integrating the forensicGEM kits into its Fairfax Identity Laboratories, which analyzes forensic samples and develops enhanced forensic testing procedures.
Zygem’s forensicGEM kits use a proprietary enzyme to extract DNA from samples that use a single closed-tube system, an approach that the company said, “simplifies laboratory workflow, minimizes error, reduces the risk of contamination, and ensures sample integrity while also reducing costs.”
The kits are formulated for DNA extraction from “a range of different crime sample types without the need for further purification,” the company said.
Financial terms of the agreement were not released.