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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 [...]

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 [...]

The Avian Influenza Virus: Distinguishing its High and Low Threat Pathotypes

Avian Influenza Virus (AIV) Pathogenicity refers to the ability of an organism to harm its host by causing disease. The avian influenza virus, subtype H7, exists as one of two pathotypes, highly pathogenic (HPAIV) and low pathogenic (LPAIV). Even LPAIV carries a [...]

HRM for the Detection of Important Poxviruses

A high resolution melt (HRM) is a powerful, post-PCR, analysis technique used to identify the DNA products present. First of all PCR is performed with an intercalating dye present. These dyes have the unique property of only binding to double-stranded DNA. [...]

A new PCR primer database for RNA virus detection

A new database has been created which outlines primers for use in the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) to detect RNA viruses. Details of this exciting new database, MRPrimerV, were published in Nucleic Acids Research.   "Abstract: Many infectious diseases are caused by viral [...]

PCR in mutation analysis

Mutation analysis is the process of finding known and unknown mutations in DNA and RNA, and PCR (polymerase chain reaction) is used as part of the method. Source: steve-spicer.com In the clinic, mutation analysis can be used to [...]

Applications in PCR: PCR in genetic and genome engineering

Genetic and genome engineering is a useful tool for researchers, from producing proteins to understanding disease, and the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) has a vital role supporting this process by cloning the DNA fragments used to modify the genomes of [...]

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