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UNT Science Center Evaluating Abbott's mtDNA ID Platform

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Abbott and the University of North Texas Science Center have entered into a collaboration to evaluate Abbott's Plex-ID system for the identification of human remains.

Under a collaborative research agreement announced today, Abbott has installed a Plex-ID analyzer at UNT Health Science Center and is supplying the Plex-ID mtDNA assay for characterizing mitochondrial DNA from aged or degraded biological specimens. The platform will be used to identify human remains in missing persons or human trafficking cases, Abbott said.

The Plex-ID system, which was launched in 2011, can run mtDNA and nuclear DNA forensics assays in a single, fully automated run, and combines PCR and high precision electrospray ionization mass spectrometry to establish and compare the base mtDNA profile from biological specimens.

"Working with the UNT Health Science Center is a major step toward establishing Plex-ID as a system of choice for DNA testing in forensics laboratories," Steven Hofstadler, divisional vice president of R&D for Abbott's Ibis Biosciences subsidiary, said in a statement.

UNT Health Science Center identifies a large percentage of human remains found in the US each year, Abbott said.

Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

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