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Hitachi Co-develops Compact Automatic Virus Detection System with Takara Bio.

Tokyo, Japan, Oct 15, 2005 - (JCNN) - Hitachi, Ltd. has developed compact automatic virus detection system jointly with Takara Bio. The system comprises Hitachi's proprietary virus collection system and virus genes analyzer, developed based on Takara Bio's ICAN (Isothermal and Chimeric Primer-Initiated Amplification of Nucleic Acids) method.

Equipped with two MEMS (Micro Electro Mechanical Systems) chips, the system saves significantly virus collection and analysis processes, which used to require a week or so, so making the total system fit within 50(W)x45(L) cm.

Setting the MEMS chips, which concentrate and collect virus through the collector, inside the analyzer allows for detection of the virus genes in 40 to 120 minutes. After the process, only the chips need disposing of, which helps reduce examiners' chance to be virus-affected.

Hitachi expects the portable system to meet on-spot virus detection needs at care facilities for the elderly, food processing factories, airports and seaports. It aims for sales of total 10 billion yen for the next three years.

Source: JCN

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