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xxpress RT-qPCR to Analyse the Quality and Quantity of cDNA

A recent article by the Queensland University of Technology investigated candidate genes for facilitating freshwater adaptation in palaemonid prawns. These genes were identified and their expression validated in the model species M. koombooloomba. Abstract Background: The endemic Australian freshwater prawn, Macrobrachium koombooloomba, provides a [...]

Groundbreaking Gene Therapy for Retinitis Pigmentosa

Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP) is an x-linked, inherited disease that causes the progressive degeneration of rod photoreceptors in the retina. This disease affects ~15,000 people in Britain and slowly leads to an irreversible form of blindness. There are several genes which [...]

The 6-letter genetic code

A collaborative project by The Scripps Research Institute, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique and Henan Normal University has seen a stable expansion of the genetic alphabet. Their paper has now been published in PNAS detailing the creation of a semisynthetic organism with a 6-letter [...]

The Story of the Polymerase Chain Reaction

 A recent article, by Maggie Koreth-Baker for Nautilus, details the story of the Polymerase Chain Reaction "from a Pink Squiggle to the Human Genome Project". The article details the discovery of the thermophilic bacterium, Thermus Aquaticus, from which heat-resistant Taq [...]

Zebrafish and PCR confirm feasibility of high-throughput editing

CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing is widely used as a tool in genetic studies. Researchers looking at zebrafish have combined this technique with the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) to understand more about the functions of genes in humans. The research is published [...]

Christmas gifts for PCR users

It's that time of the year when you are looking for Christmas gifts for the PCR-using scientist in your life. While of course, the best possible Christmas gift is the fastest and most accurate thermal PCR cycler, xxpress, we thought [...]

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PCR’s role in understanding the spread of antibiotic resistance

Antibiotic resistance is a growing problem worldwide, with cases of life-threatening diseases such as tuberculosis becoming resistant to even the most powerful drugs. Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) is being used as a tool to find out more about the transmission [...]

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