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Q Chip to Develop ReaX Beads for TraceTag Fuel-Security Test

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) — Q Chip said Wednesday it will use its gel-based ReaX beads to help TraceTag International develop beads for security marking and for fuel tracing.
Cardiff, UK-based Q Chip said that fuel smuggling is “a major problem in many parts of the world,” and TraceTag offers a fuel-marking and -verification system that adds secure DNA markers to petroleum products.
Q Chip said the resulting ReaX PCR test, in which ReaX beads will encapsulate all the TraceTag reagents required to perform PCR in a single dose, will be tailored to TraceTag’s system in a format that is ready to use, is field-deployable, and may be used by “untrained operators.”
“We are also looking to apply customized ReaX bead technology to determine the product provenance in other industries, such as food and cosmetics,” Q Chip product manager Nanette Bartram said in a statement.

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