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Archive | October, 2014


Leukaemia monitoring supported by PCR

The polymerase chain reaction (PCR) has a role in monitoring responses to treatment of children with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL), according to a report in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia is the most common paediatric cancer. Being able to monitor minimal residual disease (MRD) would help physicians to stratify patients, carry out […]

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qPCR helps biologists unlock non-coding regions of the human genome

Vast non-coding regions of the genome have been dismissed as junk for years. However, by using qPCR (quantitative polymerase chain reaction), biologists at Texas A&M have found that some of these stretches of code, known as heterochromatin, are far from rubbish and could actually cast light into complex diseases such as cancer and diabetes.   […]

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