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World’s First Malaria Vaccine Trial

Ahead of World Malaria Day tomorrow comes an exciting development. The worlds first malaria vaccine has been given the go ahead for large-scale trials in three African countries: Kenya, Ghana and Malawi. These were selected as the initial countries to test the [...]

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 [...]

2014-11-05T07:43:10+00:00November 5th, 2014|Categories: All News, PCR in drug development, PCR in research, PCR news|

PCR helps find gene fusions in lung cancer

Understanding about the genetic changes behind cancer can help doctors create the best treatment patterns for patients. PCR (polymerase chain reaction) has been used to learn more about ROS1 fusion genes in lung cancer in East Asian patients, and look [...]

PCR finds hidden viruses in sepsis

The life-threatening infection sepsis remains a leading cause of death in hospitals. According to a recent study, PCR has been used to spot latent viruses that lay dormant in the body and are reactivated in sepsis. This provides evidence to [...]

Using qPCR to learn more about chikungunya

Researchers at the University Malaya Medical Centre in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, are using quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR; also known as real time PCR, RT PCR or qRT-PCR) to understand more about how the chikungunya virus replicates. This could lead [...]

Using gene expression analysis to find genetic markers

Biomarkers that can predict the severity of disease, or that can act as targets for new forms of treatment, are very important in tailoring treatment for individuals, and improving both diagnostics and therapeutics overall. Gene expression analysis, which involves the [...]

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