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The FlexStar® (RT-)PCR Amplification Mix 1.5 is now available in a new configuration, containing enough reagents to perform 96 real-time PCRs. The product is designed for the real-time PCR based amplification and detection of nucleic acids (DNA and RNA) derived from human specimens.



Two RealStar® Hantavirus PCR kits are out now. The RealStar® Hantavirus-HPS RT-PCR Kit 1.0 (RUO) is a reagent system, based on real-time PCR technology, for the qualitative detection of RNA specific for hantavirus species causing pulmonary syndrome (HPS). The second new product, the RealStar® Hantavirus-HFRS RT-PCR Kit 1.0 (RUO), is designed for the qualitative detection and differentiation of RNA specific for hantavirus species causing hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome (HFRS).



To celebrate 15 years of altona Diagnostics we raffle 15 prizes – from noise cancelling headphones, to wireless earbuds, to typical Hamburg gifts. Take part in our anniversary contest and answer one simple question. With a little bit of luck, you’ll win one of our 15 prizes!


Only permanent residents of the European Union (EU) are eligible to participate. Prizes can only be sent to EU postal addresses.



December 1 is World AIDS Day. AIDS is caused by the infection with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Today, viral replication can be suppressed by antiretroviral therapy (ART). With the AltoStar® HIV RT-PCR Kit 1.5, altona provides an CE-marked RT-PCR test to detect and quantify the human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) specific RNA (groups M, N and O) in human EDTA plasma.



November 12 is World Pneumonia Day, one of the leading infectious causes of death of children. To detect causative pathogens of pneumonia in children altona supplies labs with real-time PCR assays.