Participate on the survey of Crime Laboratories on the Subject of Differential Extraction Methods Employed to Obtain Identifiable DNA from Sexual Assault Kits (SAK). (Only for Crime Laboratory professionals)
Levitas presents at the annual ISHI on the Use of Automated Magnetic Levitation Technology in Sexual Assault Forensics
At the 2019 International Symposium on Human Identification, the Levitas team presented on the use of its novel Magnetic levitation technology for label-free separation of cells from sexual assault samples. Here, the Levitas team demonstrates the separation of epithelial cells from sperm and blood from mock forensic.
"What looks like a row of drifting gumdrops could hold a wealth of information for both clinical researchers and bench scientists. A team of bioengineers and geneticists has designed a device that can suspend a single living cell between magnets and measure its density based on how high it floats." Science Magazine
Cell sorting and separation technologies are ubiquitous in molecular biology labs. Their popularity belies the serious limitations these tools have. For instance, flow cytometry requires antibody selection and therefore does not allow for a holistic look at a cellular population.
Magnetic levitation is dependent on many aspects of system and assay design. The LeviCell system has been designed to provide maximum flexibility to customers exploring new applications. Therefore, understanding the parameters that provide such flexibility is important to experimental design and outcome.