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Archive | July, 2014

Eastern massasauga rattlesnake

PCR could help fight fungal snake disease

A fungal disease is threatening snakes in the Midwest and eastern United States, and researchers are using PCR as part of a test to diagnose the infection quickly and accurately and track its progression. While this research focuses on a single type of infection, similar studies could help researchers around the world address animal disease […]

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PCR points to the bacteria in fish farming

Researchers at the Chinese Academy of Sciences have developed an assay using PCR (polymerase chain reaction) to detect bacterial infections that cause economically devastating losses in fish farming. Aquaculture of fish is a major source of food, as well as being a way to rebuild wild stocks. However, infections caused by fish pathogens, including Aeromonas, […]

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