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Archive | May, 2013

PCR in mutation analysis

Mutation analysis is the process of finding known and unknown mutations in DNA and RNA, and PCR (polymerase chain reaction) is used as part of the method. In the clinic, mutation analysis can be used to detect known mutations for disease diagnosis or select the patients who are most likely to respond in personalised medicine. […]

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Using PCR in microbiome research

The make-up and balance of the microbiome (the total of all the microorganisms that live in or on us) is taking a more and more significant role in human health, with links to periodontitis, obesity, cardiovascular disease and inflammatory bowel disease, as well as potentially life-threatening infections such as Clostridium difficile. Researchers at the Mayo […]

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