Two new species of thermophilic cellulolytic bacteria have been named for Waikato University Emeritus Professors Hugh Morgan and Roy Daniel. The researchers isolated the two new species while researching microorganisms that live in extreme environments such as the Ross Sea…
Analytical Scientist recently released its 2017 power list of influential researchers, including the 10 'public defenders' who are protecting people and the planet. James Landers was recognized for his contributions particularly to the field of forensics.
Led by ZyGEM NZ CSO, Dr. David Saul, ZyGEM scientists and engineers have partnered with scientists at the University of Otago to design a hand-held analytical tool for on-the-spot diagnostic screening. The platform will purify samples, detect the diagnostic marker and report the result in under 15 minutes, allowing frontline workers to quickly determine results at the point-of-care.
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.
A partnership between the University Twinning and Networking Programme (UNITWIN) of the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) and the Massey University of New Zealand will study pathogens that affect people, livestock and agriculture in the Pacific Small Island region. The collaboration is using the ZyGEM PDQeX, along with the Diagenetix BioRanger LAMP, to detect and quantify pathogens in food, water, humans, animals and crops. The goal is to quickly respond to biological hazards that may affect the safety of food, water and crops and, ultimately, to protect the livelihoods of communities and promote better health and economic prosperity.
The faSTR Profiling System is a field DNA analysis device capable of generating a 10 loci profile in less than 30 minutes. It is poised to change field-based STR profiling in both the criminal justice and military arenas.
Forenteq, ZyGEM’s distributor in the United Kingdom, attended the Forensic Europe Conference and Exhibition, England in May 2017. “ZyGEM’s rapid, simple and inhibitor-free approach to forensic DNA processing was well-received by attendees,” stated Butler. “I was especially pleased to talk with several police forces embarking on their own DNA extraction and analysis. Rather than contracting out to forensic service providers., these police departments can use the PDQeX to easily process samples in-house with reliability and accuracy, all at a cost within their budgets. This is a significant step forward for the police community, enabling them to independently process evidence in a timely manner.”
World experts in qPCR techniques, analyses and instrumentation attended the March 2017 inaugural qPCR Symposium: Past, Present and Future in Sydney, Australia. ZyGEM CSO, Dr. David Saul presented often overlooked strategies for nucleic acid preparation and the dogma in which the field is mired. He introduced ZyGEM's fully integrated, portable extraction-qPCR device, developed in partnership with Otago University, New Zealand.
Forensic experts representing the research, engineering and law enforcement communities convened at the 69th Annual Scientific Meeting in New Orleans in February. Hosted by the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS), the conference showcased the latest technical and scientific advancements to elevate accuracy, precision and specificity in the forensic sciences, including ZyGEM's presentation on "Validation of a Novel Sperm Lysis Protocol to Improve Sexual Assault Triaging".
Dr. James Landers spoke at a session entitled, Policy and Impact – Forensic DNA Use in Investigations. He discussed faSTR DNA Analysis, an emerging technology for point-of-analysis in non-laboratory environments. Following on the developments of rapid DNA technology, faSTR allows for the analysis of forensic DNA in a truly portable form-factor with ultra-rapid sample-to-answer times.