Zymo Research Corp. has announced the final stage of testing for their new reference materials that help researchers obtain the most accurate and unbiased workflows from sample collection to analyses.
The rapid growth of the study of microbiomes has increased the demand for researchers to have standard methods to improve the reproducibility and quality of the data being generated. Biases inherently exist at every step of the measurement process, including the collection and extraction techniques; therefore, there is a great need for the adoption of reference materials to identify and eliminate measurement bias.
Dr Graham Threadgill, Vice President of Marketing for Zymo Research Corp., noted: “With the recent White House announcement on the formation of the National Microbiome Initiative (NMI), we feel Zymo Research is in a unique position in this market space to enable stakeholders participating in this initiative to answer fundamental questions about microbiomes. We want to test the ZymoBIOMICS standards in the ‘real world’ with ‘real customers’ to obtain their feedback of the product. Our new ZymoBIOMICS standards will allow researchers to get consistent quality data by eliminating data bias.”
To find out more about Zymo Research’s beta test and/or to sign up to participate in the trial, click here. Participants will receive a free sample of ZymoBIOMICS Microbial Community Standards and a DNA Mini Kit. The data received from the prerelease testing will allow Zymo Research to integrate customer input into the final product that will be officially released in June at the ASM Microbe 2016 conference (June 17-20, in Boston, MA, USA).
Zymo Research Corp. will host a webinar on 9 June at 9:00 AM PDT/12:00 PM EDT. Speakers include Ryan Kemp, Director of Nucleic Acid Solutions, and Dr Shuiquan Tang, Scientist, at Zymo Research. The speakers will provide information how reference materials improve the quality of data generated from microbiomic studies. Click here to register. There will be time slotted to answer participants’ questions.