Thermo Fisher, Hamilton debut DNA test system

By The Science Advisory Board staff writers

April 24, 2020 -- Thermo Fisher Scientific and Hamilton have launched an automated DNA sample preparation system that extracts nucleic acids from forensic samples.

The system is optimized for use with Thermo Fisher's Applied Biosystems PrepFiler Automated Forensic DNA Extraction kit. A maximum of 96 samples can be processed simultaneously in deep-well plate format for use in sensitive downstream analyses, such as DNA quantification and short-tandem repeat analyses.

The ID NIMBUS Presto assay ready workstation uses magnetic particle-based technology to facilitate rapid, high-quality nucleic acid purification, reducing the risks of manual variability and errors, according to the companies.

Its integrated barcode scanning system creates a chain of custody report to verify each sample and correlate it with the case file and assigned analyst. Hamilton's compressed o-ring expansion tips and air displacement pipetting technology provides greater accuracy and precision and cuts down on the risk of contamination, according to the companies.

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