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Archive | January, 2014

Using PCR to fight fatal shrimp disease

A team of researchers in Taiwan and Thailand has worked together to create a PCR protocol to detect early mortality syndrome (EMS) of shrimp, an infectious disease that devastates newly-stocked populations of cultured shrimp. Early mortality syndrome of shrimp, also known as acute hepatopancreatic necrosis syndrome (AHPNS), can kill up to 100% of newly-stocked shrimp, […]

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pills and drugs

PCR could help face down the threat of drug-resistant TB

Tuberculosis (TB) is a serious and life-threatening bacterial infection, and though it is treatable, more drug-resistant strains are emerging, limiting treatment options for patients. A team of Moroccan researchers are looking at the use of the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) to speed up diagnosis of tuberculosis and detection of resistance. This could help patients get […]

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