A New faSTR™ Forensic DNA System for Portable, Cost-Effective STR Profiling
In one of the conference’s closing keynote presentations, Dr. Landers showcased faSTR as the smallest, lightest STR analysis system ever produced. Currently in its final development stage with field testing scheduled in the second quarter of 2018, faSTR has a clear path to expand from 10 loci to 20 core CODIS loci and is one of the technologies emerging from Landers’ University of Virginia laboratory for commercial development.
ZyGEM staff and scientists were available to talk about rapid DNA extraction and to showcase the PDQeX for display. Quote of the day: “It’s so tiny!” Conference attendees were surprised at the small size of the PDQeX system – only 200 x 200 mm – with capabilities to prepare PCR-ready DNA within 7-20 minutes depending on the sample type.
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