White Labs launches in-house DNA testing

White Labs is now conducting in-house genetic identification using polymerase chain reaction, or PCR, which allows scientists to definitively determine the genus and species* of the microorganism you are dealing with.

White Labs scientists amplify specific regions of highly variable ribosomal DNA that are flanked by conserved regions and then sequence these amplicons. By examining the "signatures" given by the microorganism White Labs can determine the relatedness to a genus and species.

Customers can send in an organism that they have isolated at their own micro lab, or White Labs can plate the samples (for an additional cost). The process turnaround time is 3 working days.

The price is $139/organism and the part number is LS6705.

For more information on the test, visit http://www.whitelabs.com/other-products/ls6705-genetic-identification.

White Labs will implement additional testing options over the next few months. White Labs is in the process of rolling out a new analytical service that will utilize qPCR to detect specific beer-spoilage organisms.

* Occasionally cannot determine species

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