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Archive | April, 2014


PCR monitors beta cell destruction in diabetes

Type 1 diabetes is caused when the body’s own immune system attacks the beta cells that produce insulin, and cells can be destroyed over a number of years before symptoms appear. A team of researchers at the Beckman Research Institute of City of Hope in the US have developed a PCR technique that could be […]

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PCR and sequencing finds new strain of Lyme disease

A pathologist based at a US hospital has found a new strain of Lyme disease using the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and DNA sequencing. Found in a patient’s blood sample, the infectious agent was undetectable using standard Lyme disease lab tests. Lyme disease symptoms include fever, headache, tiredness and a rash (erythema migrans), and this […]

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