Quick Screening Tool Makes Fast Work of Sorting Crime Samples

Promega Launches PowerPlex® S5 System

MADISON, Wis.–Promega Corporation announces a new five loci STR system that simplifies and accelerates sorting through samples collected at a crime scene. The new PowerPlex® S5 is designed to help DNA labs efficiently and effectively process the growing number of DNA samples that can come from a single crime scene. In these cases, a quick screening of the samples can be done to identify contributors and rule out others. A quick screening step offers advantages over larger multiplexed STR analysis including cost and labor savings.

The loci in the PowerPlex S5 System provide in a “mini” format with the largest amplicons less than 250bp. The minimum number of loci and small size of the amplicons combine to make data analysis and interpretation of the STR results quick and easy.

PowerPlex S5 also works well with low copy number samples and touch samples. In many cases, only the smallest amount of DNA may be available for testing. The robust and careful design of PowerPlex S5 provides maximum sensitivity with low quantities of DNA. Reproducible results can be obtained with as little as 50pg of DNA.

The PowerPlex S5 system comes complete with premixed primer pairs and internal lane standard in addition to the Taq DNA polymerase. The simplified system includes a protocol makes analysis straightforward, and the PCR protocol requires no ramping.

Promega Corporation is a leader in providing innovative solutions and technical support to the life sciences industry. The company’s 2,000 products enable scientists worldwide to advance their knowledge in genomics, proteomics, cellular analysis, molecular diagnostics and human identification. Founded in 1978, the company is headquartered in Madison, WI, USA with branches in 14 countries and over 50 global distributors. For more information about Promega, visit www.promega.com.

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