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Archive | February, 2014


The long game: Bringing together PCR and big data

A team from University of Idaho and Oberlin College has developed an approach that uses long-range PCR (also known as long PCR) to generate templates from any DNA source for next-generation sequencing, creating large data sets. As an example, the team created 58 universal primers that could be used to amplify complete chloroplast genomes (plastomes) […]

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The heart of PCR on St Valentine’s Day

It’s St Valentine’s Day, and hearts, flowers and chocolates are on (nearly) everyone’s mind. What does the polymerase chain reaction have to do with this, though? PCR and hearts Studies have proved that love is good for the heart, and the heart is thought of as the seat of love these days. The Greek poets, […]

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