xTAG (2010 Prix Galien USA Winner)
xTAG uses a proprietary universal tag system that its owner Luminex (Austin, TX) says is able to provide easy development and optimization of nucleic acid assays. Luminex xMAP systems employ lasers or LEDs to read color-coded microspheres that attach to specific nucleic acid sequences. The result is flexible, accurate, low-cost genetic and infectious bead testing. xTAG assays are presently available for diseases ranging from cystic fibrosis to respiratory viruses.
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