July 15, 2011


Life Technologies launches new PCR test to detect swine influenza virus


Life Technologies Corporation, a biotechnology company, has introduced a new PCR test to detect a range of swine influenza viruses (SIV), a common debilitating condition that causes fever, lethargy, breathing problems and significant weight loss.


The Applied Biosystems VetMAXTM-Gold SIV Detection Kit from Life Technologies provides veterinary diagnostic laboratories with an accurate tool to test production swine for SIV strains, including H1N1. The kit is the USDA-licensed, polymerase chain reaction-based (PCR) solution for rapid detection of SIV. Designed to zero in on the pathogen's RNA, it also targets multiple genomic regions to decrease the likelihood of false negatives.


The approval of the VetMAXTM-Gold SIV Detection Kit is based on the successful completion of the USDA's stringent review process to ensure safety and effectiveness of the PCR test and evaluate production and quality systems compliance at the manufacturing site.


"Life Technologies is committed to providing the most reliable and accurate animal health diagnostics," said Nir Nimrodi, head of Animal Health and Food Safety for Life Technologies. "Our newest kit complements our growing number of federally approved, molecular solutions developed to help test for diseases that threaten food producers' valuable herds and, ultimately, their business.

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