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Applied Markets Watch: New Test for LGC ParaDNA System; Biogal Galed PCR Tests for Veterinary Dx


Following the 2013 launch of its ParaDNA screening system for forensic DNA analysis, LGC this week announced the availability of the ParaDNA Intelligence Test, a new test option for the instrument.

The ParaDNA Intelligence Test allows users to more quickly link suspects to a crime scene, or one crime scene to another, by generating STR profiles from collected evidential items in just 75 minutes, LGC said. The new test is being released on a restricted access program to interested parties following successful pilot periods in key sites worldwide, LGC said.

The ParaDNA system now offers two test options, Intelligence and Screening. The ParaDNA Screening Test generates relative percentage DNA scores for each item tested, thus improving sample screening/triage, reducing the requirement for costly lab processing of multiple samples, and improving submission success rates, LGC said.

The technology is complementary to traditional forensic methods, and samples processed using a ParaDNA Instrument can be fast-tracked for full laboratory analysis.

Veterinary diagnostics firm Biogal Galed Labs this week announced the worldwide launch of its new flagship technology, PCRun, a molecular detection test kit that makes PCR testing more accessible and affordable to all veterinary professionals.

The high sensitivity of PCR permits earlier detection of acute infections compared to serology tests, giving vets a significant lead time in treatment, Biogal Galed said. However, to date the conventional PCR testing procedure requires multiple steps and expensive and complicated devices, typically with a turnaround time of two to four hour, the company added.

PCRun is an isothermal molecular amplification method that makes PCR testing faster, more affordable, and more accessible for vet clinics, the company said. The methodology is easier to use and provides the same reliability as PCR testing, the company claimed.

The first kits available are: Canine Ehrlichia Molecular Detection Kit; Canine Leptospira Molecular Detection Kit; Canine Leishmania Molecular Detection Kit; and Feline Mycoplasma haemofelis Molecular Detection Kit.