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Spartan Bioscience Launches Personal DNA Analyzer

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Spartan Bioscience Inc. has announced the commercial launch of the Spartan DXTM real-time PCR (polymerase chain reaction) DNA analyzer.

The Spartan DX™ provides DNA results in 30 minutes or less for 4 samples at a time. It is available at a manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) of USD $14,995. Spartan is now accepting orders for shipment during the month of July.

Highly accurate DNA testing is the "gold standard" for molecular diagnostics, but is slow and expensive since batched, mainframe-style DNA machines are designed for highly-trained scientists in high-throughput environments.

In contrast, the Spartan DX™ is designed for non-batched, on-demand DNA applications where speed and convenience are important. Applications include low-throughput research experiments and non-batched testing for infectious diseases, the company says.

The Spartan DX™ has been validated against industry-leading real-time PCR machines. It is proven to be compatible with industry-standard consumables, including reaction tubes and real-time PCR reagents and kits.

"In the same way that mainframe computers gave rise to personal computers, mainframe DNA machines are giving rise to personal DNA analyzers," said Dr. Paul Lem, Chief Executive Officer of Spartan. "DNA is in every organism on the planet and there will be major benefits as DNA testing becomes widely available."