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Multiplex Test from Luminex Detects 6 of Most Dangerous Biothreats

The xMAP Biothreat Toxin Panel (BTP) from Luminex is the first multiplex assay to rapidly detect and identify the six most easily acquired and most dangerous biothreats. All six of these toxins are on the U.S. government’s Select Agent list of most dangerous substances.

BTP is an immunoassay which simultaneously screens for six of the most toxic substances allowing public health laboratories to rapidly respond to events that may threaten the nation’s ability to simultaneously test for a panel of markers increases efficiency and enables government and public health laboratories to rapidly respond to events that may threaten the nation’s food supply.

Individually, Botulinum toxin isoforms A, B, E, F, Ricin, and Staphylococcal Enterotoxin B have the potential to pose a severe threat to human health if accidentally or intentionally introduced to our nation’s food supply.

To combat this threat, U.S. and foreign governments have created biosurveillance and emergency response networks such as FERN (US Food Emergency Response Network) to monitor the safety of their food supplies. This test can be used by domestic and foreign agencies to ensure the safety of various food products on the market.

The xMAP Biothreat Toxin Panel is a multiplexed immunoassay intended for the simultaneous qualitative detection and identification of multiple biological toxins in a variety of sample matrices, including Botulinum toxins, Ricin, and Staphylococcal Enterotoxin B. xMAP Biothreat Toxin Panel is for Research Use Only, and not for use in Diagnostic procedures.

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