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I’m fascinated of cases where molecular biology “meets the real world.” I believe that people will be using molecular biology techniques in their kitchen, at their office desk and in their garage at some point in the future.

Sounds far fetched? I actually ran a molecular test while I was sitting at a Copenhagen cafe several months ago. I will admit it was a dumb test – the test was a generic one to detect plant material and I ran it on a tomato I had been served (nothing like running an experiment you just know is going to work). However, you will hopefully get the point.

What if I instead had picked up a piece of dried-up ‘something’ from the floor of the cafe and, unsure what it was, wanted to determine if it had an animal or plant source? The test would have identified it.

The “plant material identification test” was run on a portable, battery-powered instrument called the Genie II, manufactured by the British company Optigene. Optigene have developed a range of battery-powered instruments (the latest being the Genie III), which allow a molecular diagnostics test to be performed right where the sample is.

The tests are robust, can be used on crudely prepared sample and do not require any external power source.

You Do Bio is pleased to be represent Optigene’s products in Denmark. If you are interested in seeing the instrument live, or testing it out for a project, please contact You Do Bio.