November 5, 2022

Presented at the Association for Molecular Pathology (AMP) 2022 Annual Meeting & Expo

Reference Samples from Human Plasma-Derived cfDNA for Use in Organ Transplant Surveillance

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Reference Standards for the Determination of Limit-of-blank (LoB) and Limit-of-detection (LoD) in Tumor-informed, ctDNA Minimal Residual Disease (MRD) assays

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Reference standards for the development and analytical validation of a next-generation lung cancer liquid biopsy assay

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UltraPrep is a scalable, cost-effective, bead- based method for purifying cell-free DNA

June 1, 2020 - PLOS ONE
Christopher K. Raymond, Fenella C. Raymond, Kay Hill


UltraPrep is an open-source, two-step method for purification of cell-free DNA that entails extraction of total DNA followed by size-selective enrichment of the smaller fragments that are characteristic of DNA originating from fragmentation between nucleosome. The advantages of the two related protocols that are described are that they can easily accommodate a wide range of sample input volumes, they rely on simple, magnetic bead-based technology, the yields of cfDNA are directly comparable to the most popular methods for cfDNA purification, and they dramatically reduce the cost of cfDNA isolation relative to currently available commercial methods. We provide a framework for physical and molecular quality analysis of purified cfDNA and demonstrate that the cfDNA generated by UltraPrep meets or exceeds the quality metrics of the most commonly used procedure. In addition, our method removes high molecular weight genomic DNA (hmwgDNA) that can interfere with downstream assay results, thereby addressing one of the primary concerns for preanalytical collection of blood samples.

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