Qiagen and ICMP launch new DNA testing solutions

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Qiagen is introducing a new next-generation sequencing workflow developed in partnership with the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP).

The new testing solutions are designed for use by ICMP's missing persons DNA identification laboratory in The Hague and utilise Qiagen's GeneReader NGS System to simplify laboratory workflows, from sample extraction through to final analysis.

“Qiagen is partnering with the International Commission on Missing Persons to launch next-generation DNA testing solutions for identifying missing individuals.“

The ICMP MPs-Plex system targets more than 1,400 sites in the human genome, and has been developed alongside several academic institutes to create a panel specifically designed for identifying missing persons.

It incorporates automated Qiagen instruments and consumables for DNA extraction, liquid handling, quantification, sample preparation and next-generation massively parallel sequencing processes, allowing the lab to respond to missing person scenarios wherever they arise.

Qiagen's chief executive officer Peer Schatz said: "This collaboration springs from a shared passion for applying state-of-the-art technologies to address a very important and very challenging need."

The system has already generated DNA results on more than 50,000 cases of degraded skeletal remains and contributed to the identification of around 20,000 persons worldwide.

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