DDC, the Largest STR DNA Testing Company Worldwide, Announces Cell Line Authentication DNA Testing Services to the Scientific Community

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The world’s largest commercial companies as well as numerous top academic researchers are turning to DDC for their cell line authentication needs.

Based on draft recommendations from a joint ATCC/ASCB committee, all cell lines must be tested by STR DNA methods to verify integrity. DDC’s CLA test includes the loci recommended by the committee for cell line identification.

DDC (DNA Diagnostics Center), the world’s largest STR DNA testing company, announced today the launch of Cell Line Authentication (CLA) testing services. Based on draft recommendations from a joint ATCC/ASCB committee, all cell lines must be tested by STR DNA methods to verify integrity. DDC’s CLA test includes the loci recommended by the committee for cell line identification. Using DDC’s high volume laboratory operation, results are available within a week. Additional testing services for mycoplasma bacteria contamination are available, as well as species identification. DDC will present their CLA testing service at the 2011 annual American Society of Cell Biology meeting in Denver, December 3 – 7, with an exhibit as well as a scientific presentation. In anticipation of the recommendations from the ATCC/ASCB committee, researchers from major biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, as well as numerous academic institutions, have already turned to DDC for their Cell Line Authentication needs.

“The integrity of cell lines has been shown to be compromised by molecular changes in cultured cells, as well as contamination with other cell lines and bacteria like mycoplasma. The reliability of scientific discoveries depends on the integrity of the cell lines utilized. Requiring cell lines to be authenticated for publication and to obtain grants will ensure the veracity of future discoveries,” said Peter Vitulli, DDC President and CEO. “With DDC’s background in working with some of the most respected biotech and pharmaceutical companies in the world, we are pleased to announce our new Cell Line Authentication Testing service and look forward to continued involvement in cutting edge scientific discoveries.”

About DNA Diagnostics Center (DDC)
For 16 years, DDC has been the largest provider of private DNA paternity and other DNA tests in the U.S. and worldwide, offering comprehensive DNA testing services for paternity and other family relationships, forensics, cell line authentication, and ancestry. The Company is also known for its groundbreaking technologies, including an exclusive license for the most innovative and accurate non-invasive prenatal paternity test using SNP (single-nucleotide polymorphism) Microarray Technology, which only requires a simple blood draw from the mother and alleged father. Other services provided by DDC include DDC Veterinary, the animal DNA testing division, which provides innovative, quality DNA testing for companion and sport animals. DDC was the first to adopt robotics technology in its laboratory processes, ensuring highly stringent and efficient handling of DNA samples. DDC’s unique Dual Process™ ensures all professionally collected DNA samples are independently tested twice producing legal results of unmatched quality and reliability. DDC is recognized through a number of accreditations nationally and internationally achieving perfect ratings in its past 16 inspections including those performed by the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB) and the College of American Pathologists (CAP). DDC is also accredited by ACLASS to meet the standards of ISO 17025 and the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors Laboratory Accreditation Board International and follows the DNA Advisory Board (DAB) guidelines, which attests to DDC’s superior forensic testing service. For more information: http://www.dnacenter.com or 1-800-362-2368.

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