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IntegenX Packaging Promega's STR Reagents with Human DNA ID System

By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – IntegenX will package its RapidHit 200 Human Identification Systems with Promega's nucleic acid purification and short tandem repeat (STR) amplification reagents under a deal announced by the companies today.

The STR reagents will be packaged with the RapidHit System's disposable cartridges, which will automate DNA sample processing steps for generating DNA profiles. By integrating the STR reagents into the RapidHit System, human DNA profiles can be generated that are compatible with local, national, and international database systems, including the US National DNA Index System, the UK National DNA Database, and Local DNA Index System systems used by local law enforcement agencies, IntegenX and Promega said.

The STR chemistry will allow researchers using the RapidHit system to produce DNA profiles for human identification from mouth swabs and other human samples in less than two hours, they added.

"The supply agreement with IntegenX gives law enforcement agencies and other organizations the choice to adopt powerful DNA-based human identification technology without adding the specialized infrastructure that's usually required for a DNA lab," Bill Linton, chairman and CEO of Promega, said in a statement.

IntegenX will begin commercial shipments of the RapidHit 200 Human Identification System in early 2012.

Financial and other terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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