ZyGem said today that it has signed a cooperative research and development agreement with the US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases to develop simplified sample processing tools for biothreat agent detection.

As part of the CRADA, ZyGem and USAMRIID will jointly develop, test, and validate new solutions to rapidly and efficiently extract DNA and other nucleic acids in order to detect biothreat agents and other pathogens from a variety of sample matrices, including buffer, serum, whole blood, and swabs.

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