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Product Watch: Aug 5, 2010

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Life Technologies this week announced the commercial availability of the Applied Biosystems AutoMate Express forensic DNA extraction system.

The Automate Express system offers a flexible sample input and delivers high-quantity and -quality DNA for use in downstream STR analysis on an integrated genetic analysis platform, such as the Applied Biosystems 3500 Genetic Analyzer, Life Tech said.

The new system uses the PrepFiler LySep column to allow laboratories to perform lysis and substrate separation in a single step and minimize the handling of forensic evidence. In addition, the PrepFiler chemistry enables recovery of DNA from challenging forensic sample types, such as hair, teeth, and bone, Life Tech said.

The system has already been adopted by all 48 governmental forensic laboratories in Japan, Life Tech said.

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