Enabling New Discoveries in Biology and Medicine
We produce custom nucleic acids, which are necessary tools for all
molecular biology applications. Our products are critical to research
done in many important fields of the life sciences, including health care,
agriculture, ecology, and biodiversity. DNA is the basis of all life on earth,
and the tools to study and manipulate DNA are fundamental to understanding
and protecting our living world.
NEW DRUGS AND GENETIC MEDICINES
Nearly all modern drug discovery at some point involves studying the
effects of new compounds on the presence of genes, defining how the
drugs work in the body, and determining their safety. These steps are
necessary to ensure that new drugs are as potent and as safe as possible.
Advances in genome sequencing allow scientists to more accurately
identify genetic errors that cause disease. Therefore, new gene-targeting
drugs are under development where the drug itself is a synthetic nucleic
acid. IDT products are crucial to the research being performed in these
areas and, while we do not develop new drugs ourselves, our scientists
are actively involved in developing new reagents and technologies to
advance these discoveries.
THE NEXT GENERATION OF MEDICAL DIAGNOSTICS
Historically, most medical diagnoses relied on biochemical assays that
were often slow or not specific to the disease. A new generation of
nucleic acid–based medical diagnostics is emerging which enables quick,
easy, and more specific analysis, so doctors obtain better answers faster. This
technology is having an immense impact on most fields of medicine,
from diagnosing infectious diseases to identifying cancers. For example,
identifying infections often took days using bacterial cultures, but new
DNA-based assays can be completed in just a few hours and will often
provide information about antibiotic resistance at the same time. Our
ISO 13485 certified GMP unit allows us to manufacture critical nucleic
acid components for FDA approved medical diagnostic kits.
BIOFUELS AND A CLEANER ENVIRONMENT
Breakthroughs in the development of biofuels depend on engineering new enzyme systems
to convert waste biological material into a useable energy resource. IDT is helping to accelerate
the discovery process by providing synthetic genes to companies working to produce
clean, renewable energy.
BUILDING A BETTER FOOD SUPPLY
The cornerstone of modern agricultural science is development of improved traits in both
animal husbandry and plant crops through cross-breeding. It is important for agricultural
scientist to be able to analyze a large number of samples and track the genes responsible for
conferring desired traits quickly, accurately, and cost effectively. The major seed companies and agricultural
research institutions use IDT nucleic acid products for fast, accurate genetic analysis.
NOT JUST FOR HUMANS
While biomedical research probably is the largest use for IDT products, genetic analysis is central
to all areas of biology. Universities, major zoos, and focused biodiversity projects use our
synthetic nucleic acids to catalog and study the genetics of all types of living organisms, from
insects to cheetahs, bacteria to shrimp, and fungi to giant redwoods.