If you’ve been anxiously awaiting the day that you could analyze your DNA in the comfort of your own home, then you wait is over. Plop down 15 grand and get your analyzing on!
Spartan Bioscience Inc. today announced the commercial launch of the Spartan DXTM real-time PCR (polymerase chain reaction) DNA analyzer. The Spartan DXTM provides DNA results in 30 minutes or less for 4 samples at a time. It is available at a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of USD $14,995. Spartan is now accepting orders for shipment during the month of July.
Highly accurate DNA testing is the “gold standard” for molecular diagnostics, but is slow and expensive since batched, mainframe-style DNA machines are designed for highly-trained scientists in high-throughput environments.
In contrast, the Spartan DXTM is designed for non-batched, on-demand DNA applications where speed and convenience are important. Applications include low-throughput research experiments and non-batched testing for infectious diseases.
The Spartan DXTM has been validated against industry-leading real-time PCR machines. It is proven to be compatible with industry-standard consumables, including inexpensive reaction tubes and real-time PCR reagents and kits from leading manufacturers.
“In the same way that mainframe computers gave rise to personal computers, mainframe DNA machines are giving rise to personal DNA analyzers,” said Dr. Paul Lem, Chief Executive Officer of Spartan. “DNA is in every organism on the planet and there will be major benefits as DNA testing becomes widely available.”