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Archive | November, 2012

Kawasaki symptoms - strawberry tongue

Using PCR could support Kawasaki disease diagnosis

Kawasaki disease is a rare but serious disorder that affects the blood vessels, and it can be hard to diagnose, especially when it is complicated by another infection. US researchers have found that qPCR (quantitative polymerase chain reaction) may be able to help solve these diagnostic puzzles. Symptoms of Kawasaki disease include red cracked lips, […]

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Applications in PCR: PCR in IVF

PCR (polymerase chain reaction) is used in pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) in IVF (in vitro fertilisation) to screen the embryo before implantation, avoiding transfer of an embryo carrying a genetic flaw. This has a number of applications: For families at risk of monogenic diseases (diseases caused by a mutation in a single gene) such as […]

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