DNA-Based Species Identification

DNA is the basis for species identification and the only method truly capable of authenticating ingredients of biological origin, including plants, animals, fungi and bacteria.

DNA-based species identification services improve the authenticity, safety and quality of natural products, from living and dried raw materials to supplements, foods and pharmaceuticals.

Unlike traditional DNA barcoding, which relies on longer segments of DNA, we employ a highly specific and sensitive method that can identify almost any species using shorter segments and validated reference materials. This includes detecting unexpected contaminants, even those that cannot be distinguished morphologically or chemically. We identify materials consisting of a single species or a mixture of hundreds of species, as well as screen for GMOs, allergens, fillers and filth for a range of leading natural and consumer product companies.

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