Applied Biosystems announced plans to launch a range of new products for DNA forensics, including the AmpFLSTR MiniFiler PCR Amplification Kit for preparing degraded or limited DNA; the HID EVOlution System for automating DNA testing processes; and a new software application called VALID for laboratory validation.
ABI said that AmpFLSTR MiniFiler is “the first commercially available DNA testing kit that enables forensic DNA analysts to generate more useful information from degraded DNA as well as from samples that are limited by an impurity.” The kit should be available in March 2007.
HID EVOlution, developed in collaboration with Tecan, is designed to streamline casework sample workflow for human identification applications. It integrates Tecan’s Freedom EVO liquid-handling workstation with ABI’s 7500 Real-Time PCR System, 3130xl Genetic Analyzer, and AmpFLSTR DNA testing kits. HID EVOlution will also be available in March, ABI said.
The VALID software is designed to support, simplify, and standardize validation studies, while complying with government standards for forensic DNA lab operation. The company plans to launch VALID in early summer.
CLC Bio has released the CLC Bioinformatics Cell, an SIMD-based bioinformatics accelerator that plugs into the USB port of any desktop or laptop PC. According to the company, the CLC Bioinformatics Cell can accelerate the Smith-Waterman and ClustalW algorithms up to 110 times faster than a fast desktop PC.