Zygem Launches prepGEM™ and forensicGEM™ DNA Extraction Products
Product News Feb 27, 2008
ZyGEM Corp. Ltd. has announced the launch of its newly extended prepGEM™ and forensicGEM™ range of reagent kits for DNA extraction. These products are now available in a wide variety of formats tailored for specific applications and types of samples.
Based on ZyGEM’s proprietary enzyme technology, these reagent kits represent advance in DNA sample preparation for human and animal genotyping and other nucleic acid-based testing and analysis. ZyGEM has also announced the launch of its enhanced website at www.ZyGEM.com.
The prepGEM™ and forensicGEM™ families of kits leverage the properties of ZyGEM’s thermophilic enzymes to conduct DNA extraction in a single closed tube. As a result of this approach, prepGEM™ and forensicGEM™ kits are easy to use. They can simplify laboratory workflow, minimizing the opportunity for sample contamination and error. They are flexible, making it possible to automate sample processing using almost any off-the-shelf robotic system, the company says.
ZyGem claims that the kits are non-toxic and provide robust and consistent downstream analytic results. Using these kits, researchers can prepare samples up to three times faster than with existing products—the entire process from sample extraction up through DNA amplification can be accomplished in just 20 minutes with no hands-on attention required.
prepGEM™ and forensicGEM™ kits provide benefits that are particularly valuable for their respective customers. For prepGEM™ customers, the ability to obtain DNA that is usable without further purification for most PCR-based downstream applications is an important advantage, as is the fact that the kits can be used with almost any liquid handling system and by workers of varying skill levels.
forensicGEM™ kits are designed to provide a way to prepare DNA for forensic analysis, even from challenging samples. Customers particularly appreciate the fact that the closed-tube system ensures sample integrity by minimizing the risk of contamination. The demanding requirements of forensic DNA analysis are addressed by the expanded range of forensicGEM™ kits that are specifically designed to work with a variety of difficult samples without the need for further purification.
The ease of automation of forensicGEM™ kits are important features for forensic customers who manage high volume analyses for database applications. forensicGEM™ kits have been extensively tested and validated and are proven in routine use in actual forensic labs.
“The unique properties of our proprietary EA1 protease, the key ingredient in the forensicGEM™ and prepGEM™ family of kits, make possible this cost effective and flexible solution for researchers performing a wide variety of experiments, including human genotyping, animal testing and basic research,” said David Saul, Ph.D., Senior Scientist at ZyGEM.