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Archive | March, 2014

Dynamic range of reverse transcription PCR for detection of oseltamivir resistance in influenza A (H7N9) virus

Using PCR to detect oseltamivir resistance in avian flu

Tracking the development of drug resistance in flu outbreaks is vital to determine treatment and make public health decisions, and a team of researchers in China is using the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) to spot mutant strains. Overall, resistance to Tamiflu (oseltamivir), used to treat influenza (including bird flu), is fortunately still fairly rare. However, […]

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Using PCR to personalise lung cancer treatment

Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) is the most common form of lung cancer, and the ALK inhibitors have potential in targeted treatment of the disease. However, they are only effective in patients who have rearrangements in the anaplastic lymphoma receptor tyrosine kinase (ALK) gene. A team of German researchers have created a PCR (polymerase chain […]

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