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Archive | August, 2012

Food for the thoughts of the paranoid

I first learnt the art of cell culture in the year of my master’s degree.  My teacher very carefully showed me how to clean my workspace and take care of my cells so that they stayed happy and healthy.  It was actually over a year before I managed to contaminate them with a bacterial infection […]

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Eye

PCR techniques can improve rapid infection diagnosis

Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) techniques have potential in faster and more accurate diagnosis of infections. PCR and eye infection Researchers at the Aravind Eye Hospital and Postgraduate Institute of Ophthalmology, Tamil Nadu, India, have used quantitative real-time PCR (qPCR) for diagnosing postoperative bacterial endophthalmitis, an infection of the interior of the eye that can happen […]

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DNA

The applications of PCR

Once an exciting new breakthrough and the subject of a Nobel Prize, PCR (polymerase chain reaction), is now used as routine technique in many laboratories. PCR, developed in 1983, amplifies DNA, allowing analysis of very small amounts of DNA, or damaged DNA samples. This post is a whirlwind tour of the uses of PCR – […]

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