Genetic Testing

Dec. 1, 2011

Process controls to assess and monitor workflow process

KRAS FFPE Process Controls enable laboratories to assess and monitor workflow from FFPE sample to result without using archived tumor material. They are designed to emulate FFPE samples through all steps of the workflow process including deparaffinization and extraction. The kit comprises controls for seven KRAS gene mutations: G12A, G12C, G12D, G12R, G12S, G12V, and G13D, as well as a wild type (WT) control. KRAS FFPE Process Controls are manufactured by formalin-fixing and paraffin-embedding a synthetic tissue that contains KRAS mutation-positive cells. They are manufactured in accordance with ISO 17511 for consistent performance across lots. The kit consists of eight vials, each containing a 10 um FFPE tissue section created from cells harboring a single mutation; each 10 um section contains >200 ng of DNA. This product is for research use only and not intended for human therapeutic or diagnostic use.

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New Simplexa Flu/RSV Test Launched in Europe

The Simplexa Flu A/B & RSV Molecular Test on the 3M Integrated Cycler uses a proprietary technique that eliminates the need for nucleic acid extraction, a time consuming, technically challenging process required of most molecular test products. The test detects influenza A, B, and respiratory syncytial viruses, and is now CE marked and available in Europe.

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Automate (F)ISH testing

The ThermoBrite Elite Automated Laboratory Assistant automates the pre- and post-hybridization steps in (F)ISH testing and provides on-board denaturation and hybridization while maintaining temperature control at +/-1oC. Twelve slides can be processed per run. It offers time-saving, walk-away convenience. An easy-to-use interface offers standard protocols for blood, urine, or solid tumor (F)ISH procedures and can be customized for other tests. Up to 10 reagents can be dispensed. Three independent waste ports for proper disposal are available. The small bench-top unit provides consistency and reproducibility in (F)ISH -testing.

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DNA analyzer with upgraded features

The INFINITI® Plus Analyzer offers faster run time and larger capacity than its predecessor. Designed to integrate and automate all the discrete steps in DNA analysis, the new system can process up to 48 samples in 5.5 hours. The INFINITI® Plus Analyzer is compatible with all 50 INFINITI® applications currently available, including HPV-HR, Bacterial Vaginosis, and Candida Vaginitis tests for Women's Health; CYP2C19, CYP2D6, and Warfarin assays for Pharmacogenomics; KRAS and BRAF tests for Oncology; and ApoE, Cystic Fibrosis, and Factors assays for Genetic Disorders.

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