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Archive | June, 2012

Pregnant woman

PCR helps uncover a blood test for an unborn baby’s sex

Wanting to know the sex of your baby can be as simple as knowing what colour to paint the nursery. However, it can also be vital to your child’s future health – there are certain disorders such as the neurological disease Duchenne muscular dystrophy or the bleeding disorder haemophilia that are linked with the sex […]

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Fits and starts

Sometimes science can feel really slow. I can be stuck waiting for things to happen, cells to grow and deliveries to come for weeks on end. Then sometimes, I have a week like the one just past. I hatched a plan for a big study with Manos, my supervisor, before Christmas and, after several protocol […]

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Kary Mullis at TED

Who invented PCR?

The polymerase chain reaction (PCR) technique, which creates millions of copies of strands of tiny samples of DNA, is now a routine research technique and many labs have a PCR thermal cycler sitting on a bench or in a corner. But back in 1983, when the technique was first discovered, this was an amazing and […]

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