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Life Technologies Teams with Copan Flock on Forensics

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Life Technologies today said that it has signed an agreement to collaborate with Copan Flock in providing an integrated, end-to-end system for DNA forensics.

Under terms of the alliance, Life Tech will globally distribute Copan's sample collection systems for forensic applications. Life Tech said that Copan's Nucleic-Card DNA Collection System, which is a chemically treated sample collection matrix that lyses cells and preserves DNA spotted onto a paper substrate, can help facilitate a rapid, direct PCR amplification workflow using its own STR kits.

The addition of Copan's products enables Life Tech to offer forensic and paternity customers an end to end integrated solution across the entire workflow, it added.

"By enabling our customers to collect DNA samples directly onto the paper or swab, which has been designed to optimally release a maximum amount of DNA, they will see an improvement in overall efficiency and success," John Gerace, head of applied sciences for Life Technologies, said in a statement.

Further terms of the alliance were not disclosed.

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