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The Science Behind FireflyDX

The FireflyDXTM systems are designed to operate using real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) chemistry. PCR amplifies a sample’s DNA and copies it billions of times. PCR is used every day to diagnose diseases, identify bacteria and viruses, and for many other applications. With realtime PCR, the amplification of the DNA can be measured as it occurs, thereby speeding up the ability to deliver results. Realtime PCR is one of the most sensitive and specific bio-detection capabilities available today.

A critical and highly complicated step prior to performing real-time PCR is sample preparation. ExcitePCR’s patented sample preparation technologies use ultrasonic lysis for the rupture of tough cellular membranes. The lysed sample is then microfluidically passed through a purification apparatus that isolates and purifies nucleic acid. ExcitePCR’s expertise in sample prep is reflected by its strong intellectual property position.