A new Phage test: the one for Rickettsia!!!

We are happy to announce a new TBI test based
on specific phage detection. After Phelix Phage Borrelia, we are now able to
uncover Rickettsia infections by the same type of method, which allows a
much better sensitivity than LTT, antibody-based or traditional
PCRs assays.

The design was validated on Rickettsia
positive ticks and using characterized Rickettsia DNA. The results were
cross-validated using Hybrispot PCR-dotblot method.

In addition, we performed spiking assay (i.e.
known number of copies were spiked in blood and the test is used to check the
sensitivity) that showed a very high sensitivity – up to 1 copy in 4ml of blood
was successfully evidenced.

The test is able to detect a broad range of Rickettsias: Rickettsia
japonica (multiple strains); Rickettsia heilongjiangensis (multiple
strains); Rickettsia parkeri (multiple strains); Rickettsia
raoultii (multiple strains); Rickettsia rickettsia (multiple
strains); Rickettsia slovaca (multiple strains); Rickettsia montanensis;
Rickettsia peacocki; Rickettsia africae; Rickettsia conorii.

You can order the test as a single test or as add-on to the Borrelia Phage test. The test is performed on Blood (EDTA blood, 2x4ml). As usual, we can ship the kits with return documents.

You can download here the request forms for

With best wishes and kind regards,

Labs Team, Phelix R&D and Leicester University Microbiology Lab

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