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Every day there’s a new story to tell about how our team has helped to advance breakthroughs around the world.
ADVANCING: Alternative Energies
Resistant to drought and pests, and able to thrive in locations not desirable for food crops, the oil-packed, non-edible Jatropha curcas seeds are a high-yield, low-cost source for next-generation biofuels. Life Technologies worked with SG Biofuels, Inc., a bioenergy crop company, to sequence the Jatropha curcas genome using DNA sequencing products from Life Technologies. The sequencing accelerated the identification of key traits of the oilseed-producing crop: attributes that indicated that these relatively small seeds could have a huge impact on the production of new sources of sustainable energy.
DNA studies suggest that all humans descend from a group of African ancestors who began a remarkable journey about 60,000 years ago. Using Taqman® OpenArray® products, Life Technologies partnered with the National Geographic's Genographic Project to analyze the DNA of hundreds of thousands of people from around the world. This sophisticated analysis will help chart the migratory history of the human species an unprecedented, real-time research effort that is closing the gaps in what science knows about the ancient migration stories of humankind.
ADVANCING: Food Safety
In 2010, thousands of people died from illness linked to a massive Salmonella outbreak. That same pathogen resulted in the largest egg recall in U.S. history, allowing Life Technologies to develop a fast and accurate assay—the TaqMan® Salmonella Enteritidis Detection Kit—to help ensure the eggs reaching our supermarkets do not contain this pathogen.
ADVANCING: Criminal Identification
In 2003, Jayann Sepich’s daughter Katie was murdered and the attacker’s DNA was found under Katie’s fingernails. At the time it was illegal in New Mexico to take a DNA sample upon a felony arrest. Knowing this drastically reduced the chances of finding her daughter’s killer, Jayann made it her mission to see legislation—“Katie’s Law”—passed in all 50 states to mandate collecting DNA upon felony arrest. Katie’s Law passed in New Mexico in 2006, and a DNA match identified Katie’s murderer—a man who was arrested in 2003 for another crime. Had a DNA sample been taken upon his arrest for the unrelated crime, Jayann may have discovered who killed Katie three months after her death.
ADVANCING: Animal Health
Traditional culture-based methods for Salmonella screening in pet food can take five to seven days for results. This not only slows distribution for pet food manufacturers, but it also increases the risk for an epidemic among pets if the time isn’t taken to do the testing. A major pet food supplier challenged Life Technologies to develop a workflow to detect Salmonella species in dry pet food in less than 20 hours. Rising to the challenge, our team designed a workflow that works typically within 12 hours to help keep healthy food flowing into our pets’ bowls.
ADVANCING: Medical Treatments
Researchers at Galapagos identified new drug targets to treat inflammatory ailments such as Crohn's and Alzheimer's disease through an innovative target screening process. The discovery was made possible by Lipofectamine® products from Life Technologies, which provide a range of specialized reagents that have the ability to consistently transfect—a method of gene transfer that infects a cell—in many different cell types with high efficiency and exceptional ease of use.