The rapidSTRIPE Anaplasma Assay is a ready-to-use PCR kit for sensitive, highly specific detection of Anaplasma phagocytophilum. The test is performed using bacterial DNA that was previously isolated from ticks using the blackPREP Tick DNA Kit (for example). Nucleic acids are then introduced into a combined amplification and hybridization reaction. If the results are positive, the PCR product will be detected on a Lateral Flow Strip (LFS) in a final step. A test line will appear in just 10 – 20 minutes, confirming the presence of A. phagocytophilum. In addition, the LFS contains a conjugate control for testing the reaction and making certain that the strip is working properly.