Healthy Growth Starts with The Right Genes
Our genetics-based cannabis testing and breeding technologies can help growers, dispensaries and labs grow cleaner, faster and healthier in every way. Because you’re not just delivering a product. You’re building a business. And a reputation.
Your Complete Cannabis Microbial Testing Solution
SenSATIVAx® DNA Purification AND PathoSEEK® qPCR Assays
Our Cannabis Testing Solutions
Get results in hours, not days, with the only microbial testing method designed specifically for use on cannabis flower.
Genotyping and Sequencing for Cannabis and Hemp
Genotype plants, screen for known traits, and identify novel variants using the most advanced genomic tools on the market
Early Detection Plant Screening
Screen plants for gender, pest infestation, or genetic traits early, saving valuable time and resources.
Unmatched Knowledge and Experience
When it comes to cannabis genetics and microbial detection, Medicinal Genomics is in a class of its own. Medicinal Genomics was born from Courtagen Life Sciences, a CLIA certified genetics testing laboratory that specialized in identifying rare pediatric neurological conditions. Chief Science Officer, Kevin McKernan, worked on the Human Genome Project and was the first scientist to sequence the Cannabis genome. He and the Medicinal Genomics team of DNA experts developed a full suite of cannabis microbial detection tests that have been fully validated on the cannabis plant in an ISO-certified laboratory. The team also offers a cannabis genome sequencing service to growers, as well as a number tests that can be used for marker-selection breeding.
Why Are We Doing This, and Where Did It All Start?
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- Beware of AOAC-Certified Claims for Cannabis Microbial Testing MethodsNote: This blog was originally posted in February 2019 and was updated in December 2020. The Association of Official Analytical Chemists (AOAC) publishes microbiological and chemical standards [...]Read more
- After a Century as the ‘Gold Standard’, It’s Time for Plating to be RetiredIn 2020, a Michigan lab contacted us claiming our CFU/cq calculations were not matching their samples, nor did they match a recently released Candida albicans NSI Total Yeast and Mold (TYM) [...]Read more
Hear from our Customers
From a cultivation standpoint, the youPCR Gender Assay an awesome tool for us to have in our arsenal. The ability to know which plants are females about 10 days after germinating a pack of seeds saves us time and money. No more wasting precious resources and even more precious space growing out "useless" males.
I am very happy with the StrainSEEK results I received from Medicinal Genomics. Being a molecular biologist, I plan to spend a great deal of time perusing the StrainSEEK sequence info up close to begin to understand the differences we see in growth and disease resistance for different varieties. For example, a few of the varieties we grow have a great deal more resistance to fungal pathogens when compared with the average variety. Identification of genetic markers that impart disease resistance is incredibly important to future breeding projects. Medicinal Genomics has given me a goldmine 🙂 thanks again!
Working in the cannabis industry in Colorado is extremely competitive and rapidly changing. With new advancements and opportunities at every corner, we have to prioritize efficiency in our breeding program to keep up with a growing market. Conventional breeding methods take a lot of time, labor, and off-site lab testing that slows down our breeding process and costs a lot of money! Working with the Medicinal Genomics team and their youPCR system has given us the opportunity to collect imperative data about our plants in a short amount of time. With the ability to accurately detect plant gender and CBD presence from our seedlings, our selection process has become much easier. YouPCR is easy to use, and our results have been 100% accurate. We would highly recommend getting in touch with the Medicinal Genomics team and seeing what they can do for your garden.
The youPCR platform helped segregate males and F1s in drug-type x industrial hemp crosses. Being able to segregate plants at the seedling stage saves tremendous time, money, and resources. In addition, it helps manage licenses with limited plant counts. Prior to youPCR, everything was done using the observation method. The youPCR protocol is very easy and runs like a charm on any PCR machine with very minimal molecular laboratory skills or training.
We have chosen to use the PathoSEEK qPCR platform for microbial testing because of its accuracy and reliability. The Medicinal Genomics team is also friendly, helpful, and responsive to the needs of our lab to ensure our success. Classical plating methods are subject to misinterpretation and technical limitations. However, PathoSEEK utilizes targeted primers that enable us to get an accurate result and a faster turnaround time in comparison to plating methods like 3M Petrifilms or agar plates. It’s also validated for different cannabis matrices which allows us to test a wide array of cannabis products. We would strongly recommend PathoSEEK for any cannabis laboratory seeking to do faster and more accurate microbial testing on cannabis products.
We have used the PathoSEEK qPCR platform for our cannabis testing since opening. The system is relatively easy to use for anyone with basic molecular biology training. No specialized mycology training is required. Further, since specific genetic signatures are used rather than colony morphology, the system is less open to interpretation. Also, results are obtained quickly, helping with valuable turnaround time.
Our interactions with everyone at MGC have been top notch. The staff have always been accommodating and willing to solve any and all issues that have arisen including taking on sequencing projects to explain differing outcomes between plating and qPCR results and drafting white papers and making themselves available to educate State-level cannabis regulators and their staff.