Genealogy Testing Company Looks to REMP and Tecan for Automated Sample Management

Posted by admin on Oct 24, 2008

Scientists at Family Tree DNA, Texas, USA, haveautomated their DNA testing services using a REMP Small-Size Store and a Tecan Freedom EVO liquid handling workstation to reliablyprocess and store the hundreds of samples arriving daily.

Family Tree DNA provides genealogy services on request for customersworldwide, using PCR-based technologies in about 150 different genetictests to establish relatedness of DNA samples. “We investigated severalsample management systems,” said Dr Thomas Krahn, Lab Manager of the FamilyTree DNA Genomics Research Center in Houston, “and chose the REMPtechnology because it was the most efficient. We are very happy with thesystem.”

All DNA extraction and storage preparation steps are automated with theFreedom EVO workstation, and purified samples are stored in the SSS. Anysample can easily be accessed and grouped for testing as required. Dr.Krahn added: “Full automation of all steps, from sample registration tostoring purified DNA, means we simply register each tube’s barcode onarrival and all information is stored automatically in the REMP database,and we can then handle each sample independently.”


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