First USDA-licensed real-time PCR test for the detection of Trichomoniasis foetus DNA in bulls
January 24, 2014
Life Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: LIFE) today announced the availability of the only USDA-licensed, real-time PCR test to detect Trichomoniasis foetus (T. foetus) – a sexually transmitted disease in cattle that leads to early embryonic losses and infertility, resulting in significant economic impact to the cattle industry due to open (non-pregnant) and late-calving cows.
The VetMAX-Gold Trich Detection Kit provides veterinary diagnostic laboratories with a test that provides highly sensitive and specific results through real-time PCR amplification of T. foetus DNA. Accurate testing to identify positive bulls is the only way to prevent the spread of Trichomoniasis disease prior to cows being exposed to bulls. Infected bulls do not show any outward signs of infection.
The approval of the VetMAX-Gold Trich Detection Kit is based on the successful completion of the USDA's stringent review process to ensure effectiveness of the real-time PCR test, manufactured in our USDA licensed and inspected production facility. Veterinary diagnosticians have historically relied on Life Technologies' molecular reagents and instrumentation to detect and control animal diseases. However, the USDA-licensed product now provides them with a federally approved diagnostic test for Trichomoniasis containing all the necessary reagents and controls in a single detection kit.
An alternative to the culture testing method, real-time PCR diagnostic methodology results in a more convenient and accurate test from one sample run in comparison to three culture tests spanning a three-week period. Additionally, because of the sensitivity of real-time PCR, samples can be pooled for greater test cost efficiencies. The VetMAX-Gold Trich Detection Kit is licensed with a USDA label claim for pooling up to five samples.F