02 Oct 2012, BioSpectrum Bureau , BioSpectrum
Singapore: Life Technologies has launched the GlobalFiler Express kit, a new DNA kit for crime labs to perform forensic testing around the world, making it faster, easier and cheaper to process DNA samples.
By increasing the number of genetic markers by over 30 percent, GlobalFiler Express delivers the ability to recover significantly more information from forensic samples and increases discrimination power by up to nine orders of magnitude. This results in faster and more powerful comparisons of forensic data to resolve crimes.
Combined with five times faster processing efficiency, this powerful advancement will enable forensic scientists to solve and prevent more crime while addressing ever-growing backlogs. To date, 44 countries have now implemented criminal offender DNA database programs with a combined offender sample pool of 40 million and growing.
"I've been very impressed with GlobalFiler's performance," said Professor Walther Parson, a leading world expert in forensic DNA testing in Innsbruck, Austria. "It's extremely high discrimination power will greatly facilitate intelligence databasing and solving of national and cross-border crime."
The GlobalFiler kit portfolio which includes the GlobalFiler Express kit for reference sample processing and the GlobalFiler kit for casework evidence, features a new, proprietary chemistry that enables 48 samples to be processed in under two hours when combined with Life Technologies' forensic testing systems and is five times faster than other solutions currently on the market. It also facilitates quicker and improved amplification of challenging samples, such as degraded human remains. All combined, the new kits offer forensic science customers an unsurpassed standard in rapid DNA processing from sample-to-result.