MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) – The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine has unveiled a new automated storage and retrieval system for DNA samples.

The Brooks Life Science Systems A3+SmaRTStore, at the Hussman Institute for Human Genomics, can store almost 500,000 samples, quadrupling the amount of DNA samples that can be stored and processed.

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With the highest density storage in its class, SmaRTStore delivers reliable, high integrity automated sample management through the integration of a precisely controlled cold environment, robotics, and sample tracking software. The automated storage unit will serve as a cornerstone for genomic research.

Use of this system will provide a secure and efficient means of allocating specified DNA samples requested for downstream genotyping and sequencing experiments.

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Assistant professor Jacob McCauley says this system will “help to revolutionize our DNA storage and distribution workflow.”

UM’s Miller School of Medicine is one of only a few leading universities to have invested in automated storage.

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