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Archive | November, 2014


PCR helps to create DNA profiles from fingerprints

DNA fingerprinting was first developed in 1985 at the UK’s University of Leicester, but generally needs more than a fingerprint to work – it relies on skin cells, blood, hair or saliva. Researchers in Australia have developed a technique that could extract and multiply the DNA and create a direct DNA profile simply from fingermarks […]

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PCR supports alternate combination therapy in malaria

A study presented at the 63rd annual meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASMTH) used polymerase chain reaction (PCR) to show that artesunate-mefloquine fixed-dose combination (ASMQ FDC) is as safe and effective as the African standard of care in treating malaria in children in Africa. Malaria is one of the biggest […]

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