Promega LEV blood DNA kit increases DNA extraction rate in less time
10 May 2010
Promega UK is offering the Maxwell 16 LEV Blood DNA Kit which
is designed to purify DNA from whole blood.
The new kit, which is optimised to work on the Maxwell 16 IVD
system, for nucleic acid extraction, eliminates the need for a buffy
coat step while providing exponentially higher concentration in less
time with parallel purity.
While manual buffy coat methods typically collect 20% of
available DNA, the new Maxwell Blood automation system collects up
to 80%. The performance is due to new particle technology that is
optimised to pull the maximum DNA from every sample with comparable
performance on purity.
“We were pleasantly surprised to find that much DNA in 300ul of
blood,” said Marie Ericsson, Molecular Technician at Advanced
Diagnostics Laboratory in San Antonio, Texas, “We believe this kit
will help labs that are conducting complex assays and having trouble
achieving desired DNA yields.”
The Maxwell 16 LEV Blood DNA Kit supports laboratories performing
tests in genotyping and screening. The automation allows technicians
to press a button and walk away to continue other tasks during
The straightforward process makes purification work much more
accessible to the less experienced technicians. Automation also
avoids potential problems associated with contamination and
inconsistency encountered using manual purification methods.
“HLA testing is becoming more complex and, as a result, the
quantity and purity of DNA needed for these tests also evolves,”
said Michael Gautreaux, PhD, D.ABHI HLA Laboratory Director at Wake
Forest University Baptist Medical Center. “The Promega LEV Blood Kit
helps meet this need.”