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University of Latvia receives equipment worth EUR 92,000

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUBiology Faculty of the University of Latvia has received three machines for determining the effect of radiation on biological materials in blood samples. This equipment was received as a gift from International Atomic Energy Agency. The total worth of that equipment is EUR 92,000.

Two of those machines are meant for automatic preparation of blood samples – separation of nucleic acids. The third one is intended for determination of reaction in real-time (q-PCR). Two machines like this are located in Germany, one more in the UK. Latvia will be the third place in Europe where this equipment will be found now, as reported by the university.

One of the most unique qualities of the method employed by this machinery is low costs and the short amount of time it takes to receive a full analysis. This method will be especially effective for regional or even international emergencies and events of nuclear catastrophes in order to determine the level of radiation poisoning in human blood samples.

The new machines will be located in LU Biology Faculty’s Bioanalysis and Biometric Methods laboratory. Students and researchers will be able to work with them. The laboratory will also cooperate with Radiation Security Centre and hospitals.

The gift of three machines was given to LU by International Atomic Energy Agency as part of the ‘Radiation biology and laboratory infrastructure and capacity’ project.


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