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Archive | October, 2013

MIQE PCR smartphone app

MIQE app for PCR – bringing PCR tools to your smartphone

These days, few people are seen without a smartphone, whether it’s an Android or an iPhone, and their computing power and storage capabilities are increasing. The numbers of apps for smartphones are increasing, and these are starting to make their way into the labs, for scanning information, capturing images, storing data, cutting the amount of […]

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Using qPCR to learn more about chikungunya

Researchers at the University Malaya Medical Centre in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, are using quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR; also known as real time PCR, RT PCR or qRT-PCR) to understand more about how the chikungunya virus replicates. This could lead to better diagnostics, as well as potential targets for therapeutics. Mosquitoes spread the chikungunya virus […]

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PCR, from the past to the future

The polymerase chain reaction (PCR), sometimes described as ‘molecular photocopying’, is a laboratory technique that allows researchers and technicians to replicate and amplify DNA or RNA from small or damaged samples, even down to a single strand. The technology was first created in 1983 by biochemist Kary Mullis, who was working for the biotechnology company […]

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