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Archive | May, 2014

Aeron Hurt with a penguin

PCR picks up a penguin virus

The avian influenza virus (AIV) usually only infects birds, but some variants, such as A(H5N1) and A(H7N9), have caused serious infections in humans. While there’s a lot of information about the virus in some areas, little is known about places such as Antarctica, and so researchers have been using the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) to […]

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Australian koala with her baby

PCR helps track koala virus as it invades the genome

The genome of the cuddly-looking koala (Phascolarctos cinereus) is being invaded by a retrovirus, and researchers are using the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and other genetic techniques to learn more, according to research published in PLoS One. The koala retrovirus (KoRV) causes koala immunodeficiency syndrome (KIDS), and has been linked with the high incidence of […]

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