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Rapid, Accurate Diagnosis of Clostridium difficile Infections

Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) is a symptomatic infectious disease caused by the anaerobic, spore-forming bacterium called Clostridium difficile. Recently CDI has become increasingly prevalent worldwide. The severity of the infection is also on the rise, meaning the requirement for a rapid and accurate method of diagnosis [...]

High-Resolution Melt with the xxpress® qPCR Thermal Cycler

A high-resolution melt (HRM) is a powerful, post-PCR analysis technique, used to identify the DNA products present. This method has a wide variety of uses from determining the specificity of a PCR reaction to detecting mutations and polymorphisms. It is [...]

Effectiveness of qPCR for the Detection of TB

Tuberculosis is an infectious disease caused by the bacteria Mycobacterium tuberculosis. It is the second leading cause of death from an infectious disease and predominantly spread through an airborne route. It continues to be a significant global health issue causing about [...]

PCR helps to create potential myeloma blood test

Researchers from the NIH, the National Cancer Institute (NCI), and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute of Harvard Medical School have used the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) to help to create a potential multiple myeloma diagnostic. The results were published in the [...]

Using PCR to diagnose a severe respiratory bug

Rhinoviruses and enteroviruses are common respiratory viruses, and generally just cause a bit of a snuffle. However, in winter 2014, an outbreak of enterovirus D68 led to around a thousand confirmed cases of severe illness and 14 deaths in the [...]

qPCR can help to diagnose depression

Quantitative PCR has played a part in the development of what could be the first objective test for major depressive disorders (MDD) in adults, and one that could predict who might benefit from cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). Depression is generally [...]

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