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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 [...]

PCR unravels new gut bacterium in termites

Termites eat decaying wood, but it's hard to digest so they rely on a gut full of bacteria to break down the cellulose. Researchers at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) have used the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and a [...]

Using PCR in microbiome research

The make-up and balance of the microbiome (the total of all the microorganisms that live in or on us) is taking a more and more significant role in human health, with links to periodontitis, obesity, cardiovascular disease and inflammatory bowel [...]

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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