SanAir Technologies Laboratory, Inc. has announced that it will conduct a trial program in environmental testing with Gene Systems of Bruz, France.
The trial program will begin immediately and is designed to compare qPCR testing protocols with existing culture and DNA sequencing protocols in the identification of Legionella and bacteria in water.
qPCR refers to a method of environmental testing which amplifies DNA material in water, making more specific, precise and timely quantification/identification of water-borne materials possible.
"Water-borne environmental hazards are a growing problem in the U.S. and Europe," said Tom McGlynn, SanAir president, "and so we are both pleased and fortunate to begin this trial program with Gene Systems. It is a perfect fit with our mission of identifying and isolating potentially dangerous microorganisms in public places like shopping malls, hotels, hospitals and schools."
SanAir is working in coordination with Dr. Patrice Chablain, technical director, and Bertrand Coissac, product manager of GeneSystems in the trial program.
The testing is under the direction of Jack Keene, Dr.P.H., CBSP, technical manager and De-Wei Li, PhD, technical advisor for SanAir.
SanAir plans to have the initial phase of the study completed by mid-June, 2007.