Zymo Research and Bertin Announce New Collaboration


Bertin's Precellys® Evolution Homogenizer and Zymo Research's ZymoBIOMICS® Microbial Community Standards: Liberation of DNA From All Microbes in Just One Minute


IRVINE, Calif. and ROCKVILLE, Md., Dec. 12, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Zymo Research and Bertin Technologies announce a collaboration that ensures the sample lysis step in the microbiome workflow is complete and unbiased. An application note is available describing the materials, procedure and results attained using the Precellys® Evolution Homogenizer together with the ZymoBIOMICS® Microbial Community Standards and ZymoBIOMICS® DNA Miniprep Kit for purification of the DNA. Using both companies' products, the researcher is afforded unbiased cell lysis in only one minute. The application note validates a procedure for accurate downstream microbiome measurements.

Zymo Research's suite of ZymoBIOMICS® products addresses the complete microbiomics workflow; from sample collection, DNA extraction, library prep, and sequencing through bioinformatics and final analysis. The ZymoBIOMICS® Microbial Community Standards contain three easy-to-lyse Gram-negative bacteria, five tough-to-lyse Gram-positive bacteria, and two tough-to-lyse yeasts. These accurately characterized microbial standards enable the identification of exposure to artifacts, errors, and bias in microbiomics or metagenomics workflows, specifically 16S rRNA and shotgun-based sequencing approaches. Used in conjunction with the microbial standards, Zymo Research offers low-bioburden DNA isolation kits tuned for complete lysis of microbes with an innovative bead and buffer system.

Bertin has been in the sample preparation and homogenization instrumentation market for over ten years. Their Precellys® homogenizers have won widespread recognition from the scientific community as hardwearing, efficient and ergonomic research tools and have been cited widely in the literature. Initially designed for BSL-3 (Biological Safety Level) laboratories, the Precellys® Evolution makes it possible to efficiently homogenize a number of samples using an assortment of different-sized tubes, from 0.5 ml to 15 ml, and it guarantees identical homogenization in each of the tube positions.

Beat beating is an accepted method, within the scientific community, to lyse various microbes; but, until now, the technology has not allowed accurate assessment of the efficiency of the lysis. "The combination of Bertin's homogenizer, Zymo Research's Microbial Community Standards, and DNA Miniprep Kit is very effective. Researchers and clinicians now have a rapid, complete homogenization procedure at their disposal," said Marc Van Eden, Vice President of Business Development at Zymo Research Corp.

He continued, "There are quite a few homogenizing technologies on the market, and until now, very little scrutiny has been placed on their ability to yield complete microbial lysis. The ZymoBIOMICS® Microbial Community Standards let the researcher test for themselves the 'completeness' of their lysis step so accommodations can be made to their workflow for accuracy and reproducibility sake."

For more information about Zymo Research's ZymoBIOMICS® Microbial Community Standards, go to Zymo Research's website or email info@zymoresearch.com. For more information about Bertin's Precellys® Evolution Homogenizer and other sample preparation products, go to their website.

About Zymo Research Corp.
Zymo Research Corp. is a privately held company based in Irvine, California, USA. Since its inception in 1994, it has been serving the academic and biopharmaceutical scientific communities by providing DNA and RNA purification products. Their goal is to help scientists reduce time in the lab by eliminating steps and making the entire DNA/RNA extraction process simpler and faster. In addition to the nucleic acid purification products, Zymo Research also offers genetic, epigenetic and transcriptome analysis services. Zymo Research provides high-quality products that are simple to use yet robust in their performance. For more information, please visit www.zymoresearch.com. Follow Zymo Research Corp. on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram.

About Bertin Technologies
Bertin Technologies, a subsidiary of CNIM Group, relies on its long history of innovation to develop, produce, and market innovative systems and equipment worldwide. With close to €96M in turnover, and 700 employees in 2016, of which two-thirds are engineers and high-level managers, the group works in the following fields: systems and instrumentation, consulting and engineering, and information technology. Based in the Paris region, the group is highly active worldwide. www.bertin-technologies.com

Bertin Technologies' leading instrumentation activity is represented through the brand BERTIN INSTRUMENTS. Its solutions and teams are dedicated to innovative measurement and sampling for key worldwide markets, such as:

  • Lab Equipment: sample preparation, air sampler, cell imaging, and biological assay kits.
  • Nuclear Instrumentation: radon professional monitoring, environmental radiation monitoring systems, radiation portal monitors, and health physics.
  • Defense, Security, and Safety: CBRN threat detection, optronics solutions, and security networks.

Its R&D people also provide on-demand technology systems and turnkey integrated solutions under harsh environmental or industrial constraints. Follow Bertin Instruments on LinkedIn and Twitter, or visit their website www.bertin-instruments.com.

All trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Precellys is a registered trademark of Bertin Technologies. The Zymo Research Corp. trademark, with its design elements including the stylized three-shaded ovals (budding yeast), and the words "The Beauty of Science is to Make Things Simple" and ZymoBIOMICS are registered trademarks of Zymo Research Corp.


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