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ZyGem Inks Marketing, R&D Pact with Morpho for Sample Prep, Forensics Products

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ZyGem said this week that it has inked an agreement with law enforcement products firm Morpho, which will market ZyGem's sample-preparation and forensics analysis products to police forces worldwide.

The agreement with Morpho, a subsidiary of international aerospace, defense, and security firm Safran Group, includes a strategic research and development collaboration.

Financial and other terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

ZyGem, based in Charlottesville, Va., develops and markets proprietary technologies to extract DNA and RNA from diverse samples using thermophilic enzymes. The company's PrepGem, ForensicGem, LivestockGem, and RNAGem families of nucleic acid extraction kits are intended for researchers performing a wide variety of life sciences and biomedical studies, including human genotyping, animal testing, and basic research.

ZyGem said that the collaboration with Morpho builds on a separate partnership it has with Lockheed Martin to develop an integrated sample-to-answer DNA testing system for the forensics market (PCR Insider, 5/5/2011).

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