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Published on January 1, 2007

Guayule (NRG) Yulex Latex Product Performance

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Date Published January 1, 2007
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This Report has been authored by:Rochelle L. Wavrin at Yulex Corp. #with# KC Nguyen at Yulex Corp. #with# Jali L. Williams at Yulex Corp. #with# Brian S. Fishman at Yulex Corp.

Guayule, Parthenium argentatum, latex is commercially available as an alternate rubber source (Yulex® latex) and is currently the sole U.S. natural rubber of domestic origin. It is the world’s first natural rubber latex that is safe for Type 1 latex allergy sufferers due to the fact that it lacks proteins that cross-react with Hevea latex antigenic proteins. Also, Yulex® latex provides superior product performance. In this paper, the use and performance of Yulex® Latex in various medical devices will be discussed. In addition, guayule latex product performance is compared against Hevea NRL and various synthetics.