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Personal Automated DNA Extraction System Launched in Europe

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Mole Genetics has launched the new GeneMole® automated DNA extraction system in Europe following successful trials in the Nordic region. The compact new instrument has an entry level price of EUR 9,500 designed to bring it within the range of all research teams, the company says.

According to Marketing Director, Tone Yrvum, GeneMole® fills a major gap in the market: “Until now laboratories have been forced down the route of expensive systems which is restricting their use to laboratories with the best research financing.”

Yrvum continued, “On the other hand, manual preparation kits continue to be extremely time consuming and stressful. With GeneMole®, we want to make low throughput automated DNA purification available to any laboratory. Our initial trials in Norway and Sweden have proved the attractiveness of this concept with all the trial sites converting to actually purchase an instrument.”

GeneMole® is a closed and fully automated system comprising a liquid-handling robot capable of running 1 to 16 samples at a time. Operation is simple via the intuitive touch-screen menu. Set-up time is only 3 minutes. Samples are loaded in a rack and then transferred by the robot to sealed and disposable MoleStrips™ which are pre-filled with reagents. Sample volumes are from 50 µl- 200 µl with launch protocols available for DNA DNA blood, DNA tissue, RNA cells and RNA tissue.

Using purification based on magnetic beads, high quality nucleic acids are ready for downstream applications within 40 minutes. Use of the disposable MoleStrips™ eliminates crossover or contamination and makes GeneMole® particularly suitable for multi-user environments. Maintenance is minimal.