SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Thermo Fisher Scientific, the world leader in serving science, today debuted the first six-dye forensic kit specifically customized for European database requirements. The Applied Biosystems NGM Detect PCR Amplification Kit is designed to enable forensic analysts to maximize recovery of DNA information from degraded samples, which is essential to produce a profile that can be uploaded into European DNA databases, increasing the number of matches and investigative leads.
Powered by six-dye chemistry, the NGM Detect kit helps minimize the size of highly discriminating markers such as SE33, which is known to be a strong marker for forensic identification purposes due to its highly polymorphic nature. The NGM Detect kit also provides a complementary configuration to the well-established Applied Biosystems NGM SElect PCR Amplification Kit format for dual amplification purposes. To date the NGM Detect kit has been trialed by more than 10 European forensic laboratories and is designed to offer superior sensitivity over equivalent products through an optimized master mix formulation and the ability to add up to 15 microliters of sample to the PCR reaction.
The NGM Detect kit includes a Y-Indel for gender confirmation, an internal PCR control and is designed to have a total amplification time of less than one hour, enabling fast time to results and greater confidence in the results obtained.
“There are a significant number of cases that sometimes are difficult to resolve due to sub-standard quality samples. This poses a challenge to the forensic community,” said Lisa Calandro, product management leader, Human Identification for Thermo Fisher Scientific. “The introduction of the NGM Detect kit will enable laboratories to overcome this hurdle and increase the number of valuable investigative leads.”
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