New Promega chemistry will help solve cold cases, sexual assault cases

New chemistry developed by Fitchburg-based Promega Corp. for DNA analysis will empower forensic laboratories to overcome common challenges including degraded and contaminated samples, according to a news release.

The PowerPlex 35GY System is a first-of-its-kind eight-color DNA analysis kit that helps forensic laboratories get more information out of samples, even with degraded DNA. The kit works in tandem with a capillary electrophoresis instrument launched by Promega in 2022. The biotechnology manufacturer has been developing and providing products for DNA-based human identification for more than 25 years.