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Archive | January, 2015

PCR-based diagnostics could help tuberculosis eradication

Tuberculosis is a widespread bacterial disease, and while it is treatable, its eradication is being held up by the problems with finding those people who have latent infection. Researchers at Yonsei University, Republic of Korea, have created a multiple-target, real-time RT-PCR (reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction) assay that can distinguish between active disease and latent […]

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PCR screening can reduce parasites in meat

Infection with Sarcosytis spp parasites can cause problems in both humans and livestock, and while the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) can be used for screening, there is no commercially-available kit for testing. Researchers at Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) in Malaysia have developed a PCR kit that can be used for screening, detection and identification of […]

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