In Brief This Week: Life Technologies; Febit; Caris Diagnostics; Thermo Fisher Scientific; Empire Genomics; Beckman Research Institute | GenomeWeb

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Life Technologies said this week that the Federal Bureau of Investigation has approved use of the Applied Biosystems MiniFiler PCR Amplification Kit in the National DNA Index System (NDIS). The MiniFiler is designed to obtain results from compromised and degraded samples, and has been used in cold cases, missing person cases, exonerations, and historical and archeological cases, the company said. The approval from the NDIS board means that the test will be more widely used in forensic labs, the company said.

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