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French Law Enforcement Will Continue Using Whatman s FTA Cards

NEW YORK, Nov. 8 (GenomeWeb News) - French law enforcement agencies will continue using Whatman Indicating FTA Cards to collect and transport buccal cell samples for forensic investigations, the company said today.


The agreement with the French police and French Gendarmerie Nationale extends the original relationship, begun in 2000, when France implemented a database for storing criminal DNA.


FTA is a chemically treated matrix that lyses cells, denatures proteins, and protects nucleic acid from nucleases, oxidation, and UV damage. The cards are treated to inactivate blood-borne pathogens and prevent bacterial growth.


Financial details were not disclosed.