RED Laboratories has licensed the proprietary XMRV test from WP Biotechnologies, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Whittemore Peterson Institute. We use the co-culture procedure, where the sample to be tested is put in contact with an infection-sensitive cell line.
XMRV is allowed to replicate in the cells for several days, resulting in significant amplification of viral titers. The amplified virus can then more easily be detected by PCR or Western Blot. This procedure is more sensitive than direct PCR.
In the future a serology test will be available, which may provide more information regarding the stage of infection and may be able to detect the presence of latent viruses that could not be detected by the co-culture technique.
Samples required for analysis, pricing.