IMPACT Contaminant Detection Services

Contamination of biological samples such as tumor cells, hybridomas, and viruses used on research animals can cause disease outbreaks or affect the integrity and outcome of results. abm uses the advanced Infectious Microbe PCR AmplifiCation Test (IMPACT) testing method to detect a wide-range of known contaminants. This method is superior to the traditional Mouse Antibody Production (MAP) test in the following ways:

  1. PCR test result does not rely on mouse immune response
  2. PCR testing does not require the use of live animals
  3. PCR testing is more sensitive and can detect smaller amounts of infectants

Our preselected contaminant detection service options include the most common viruses and Mycoplasma species that might afflict mice, giving reliable and quick results.

"abm has always been very helpful with technical assistance in any of our questions and concerns. I also consider the price for the services provided as very competitive, as other companies charge a multiple of abm's price."

Dr. Cameron Moshfegh, ETH Zurich

Service Details

Service Name Size CAT. NO. PRICE
Service I
Includes detection of 18 contaminants
1 Sample C210 Inquire
Service II
Includes detection of 16 contaminants
1 Sample C211 Inquire
Service III
Includes detection of 14 contaminants
1 Sample C212 Inquire
Service IV
Includes detection of 7 contaminants
1 Sample C213 Inquire

Additional Info

Details on IMPACT Pathogen Testing Services:

To determine which service may be right for you, please read the virus information provided below. A discount is available for 5 or more samples; please inquire prior to order placement.


Service I Service II Service III Service IV
Mycoplasma Spp.
Sendai Virus (SeV)
Mouse Hepatitis Virus (MHV)
Minute Virus of Mice (MVM)
Pneumonia Virus of Mice (PVM)
Mouse Parovirus (MPV-1, MPV-2, MPV-3)
Theiler's Murine Encephalomyelitis Virus, GDV-II Strain
Murine Norovirus (MNV)
Reovirus Type 3 (Reo 3)
Mouse Rotavirus (EDIM)
Ectromelia Virus (ETCV)
Lymphocytic Choriomeningitis Virus (LCMV)
Murin Polyoma Virus (Py)
Lactate Dehydrogenase-elevating Virus (LDEV)
Mouse Adenovirus (MAd1, MAd2)
Mouse Cytomegalovirus (mCMV)
K Virus (KV)
Hantaan Virus (HV)

Sample Submission Requirements:


Please send in 1 cryovial per sample containing at least 1x106 cells/vial. We accept samples in cell pellet form, in growth medium, freeze medium or phosphate-buffered saline.

Tissue Samples:

For each tissue or tumor sample, please submit a 1.5 ml snap-cap or screw-cap tube with at least 30 mg of tissue (minimum 2-3 mm size) supplied in growth medium, freeze medium or phosphate-buffered saline.

Liquid Samples:

Please send in 1 cryovial per sample with a minimum volume of 0.5 ml/vial for best results.

If sample amount is limited, smaller amounts may be accommodated, please inquire with us.


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