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Asian Forensic Science Network (AFSN) 2019

Come see Promega at the 11th AFSN Annual Meeting and Symposium happening at Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

  •  Convention Center 272
     Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
  •  Tuesday, September 17, 2019 – Friday, September 20, 2019

Learn about the latest forensic technologies and industry trends at AFSN 2019.


Join us at our booth for a demo. Learn about how Maxwell RSC and Maxprep instruments can help keep you on route through your nucleic acid preparation process.


Scientific Oral Presentation

Isolation of Purified DNA using Bone DNA Extraction kit
Promega Corporation, Madison, WI, USA

DNA Workgroup Scientific Program
20th September 2019
10:50 am - 11:10 am

Presented by Jessi Sim, GI Technical Support & Training Manager

Bones constitute one of the most challenging sample types in forensic casework and the extracted DNA is often low in quantity and degraded reducing the chances of a usable STR profile. Also, old and poor condition of bones present additional challenges for processing. The proposed new kit containing demineralization buffer, enables an easy preprocessing method for bone samples which maximizes the chance of successful generation of STR profile. The extracted DNA can be purified using the established DNA IQ chemistry both in manual and Maxwell methods for obtaining DNA that is pure and free of inhibitors. The extracted DNA was compatible with downstream applications such as PowerQuant® System and PowerPlex® Systems, thus enabling accurate human DNA quantification and STR profile generation. Examples of performance of Bone Extraction DNA kit with a variety of bones from different ages will be shared.

Scientific Poster Presentation

Complete Automation Workflows for Forensic DNA Extraction and Analysis
Ann MacPhetridge, Anupama Gopalakrishnan, Jonelle Thompson, Luke Roenneburg, and Cristopher Cowan
Promega Corporation, Madison, WI, USA

Presented by Jessi Sim, GI Technical Support & Training Manager

As forensic laboratories strive to meet demands to process increasingly higher number of samples, establishing automated workflows can improve efficiency to meet that demand. The Maxwell® FSC and Maxwell® RSC 48 instruments are compact, personal DNA purification systems that process up to 16 and 48 samples, respectively. Both systems use the proven DNA IQ™ technology for fast and efficient purification of high-quality DNA from casework samples. Additional workflow efficiency can be achieved by integrating the Maxwell® systems with the Maxprep™ Liquid Handler. In addition to pre-extraction sample processing, Maxprep™ will also provide post-extraction methods for DNA quantification setup, normalization, STR amplification setup, and CE setup. These intuitive and easy-to-use pre-loaded methods are being developed and tested by Promega, and will be supported by Promega. Additionally, the Promega portal software maintains sample traceability from the first DNA extraction step to the final CE setup step. Together, these systems provide a modular automated workflow that can expand with and adapt to throughput needs while maintaining flexibility in number of samples to process and reduce human error through increased sample tracking and automated sample preparation.

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