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The Perilous Journey of RNA: From Swabs to Test Reports
2024-01-17
The Perilous Journey of RNA: From Swabs to Test Reports
The Perilous Journey of RNA: From Swabs to Test Reports Point-of-care testing (POCT) delivers rapid results by analyzing specimens on-site rather than in centralized laboratories. The COVID-19 pandemic has made POCT an invaluable tool for expediting coronavirus detection through nucleic acid amplification tests (NAATs). But what exactly happens behind the scenes after a ...
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Flocked vs Cotton : Which Swab is Better for Antibody Testing
2024-01-17
Flocked vs Cotton : Which Swab is Better for Antibody Testing
Flocked vs Cotton : Which Swab is Better for Antibody Testing Proper sample collection is vital for accurate diagnostics. Recently in China, updated African swine fever (ASF) guidelines recommended avoiding cotton swabs containing calcim alginates due to potential nucleic acid testing interference. Past analyses by Mantacc showed flocked nylon swabs optimize viral releas...
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Demystifying Viral Transport Media: A Primer
2024-01-17
Demystifying Viral Transport Media: A Primer
Demystifying Viral Transport Media: A Primer Before COVID-19, viral transport media likely rarely crossed your mind. Now, these unassuming vials have become a staple for coronavirus testing and beyond. Found in hospital labs and research facilities alike, viral transport media (VTM) offers a convenient, versatile tool for preserving everything from influenza to me...
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Choosing the Right Viral Transport Medium: What Really Matters
2024-01-17
Choosing the Right Viral Transport Medium: What Really Matters
Choosing the Right Viral Transport Medium: What Really Matters The COVID-19 pandemic has sparked huge demand for test kits, bringing along an unexpected sidekick - viral transport mediums (VTMs) for preserving coronavirus samples. Seemingly overnight, the once obscure VTM has become a booming business. Faced with hundreds of options, how does one even begin to choose? Wh...
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Everything You Need to Know about Gene Sequencing
2024-01-15
Everything You Need to Know about Gene Sequencing
Everything You Need to Know about Gene Sequencing Gene sequencing technology is a method used to determine the sequence of DNA, from the initial Sanger sequencing, to the later Next Generation Sequencing (NGS), to the current single molecule sequencing technology. The development of sequencing technology has promoted the advancement of genomics, biomedical research, and ...
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An Overall Comparison of PCR, RT-PCR, qPCR and RT-qPCR
2024-01-13
An Overall Comparison of PCR, RT-PCR, qPCR and RT-qPCR
An Overall Comparison of PCR, RT-PCR, qPCR and RT-qPCR Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) has revolutionized molecular biology and clinical diagnostics since its invention in the 1980s. As a versatile technique for amplification of DNA in vitro, PCR has spawned many variants that have extended its utility for diverse applications. Here we will explore the key differences be...
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A Complete Guide to Doing an MRSA Swab Test
2024-01-11
A Complete Guide to Doing an MRSA Swab Test
A Complete Guide to Doing an MRSA Swab Test Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a specific type of staph bacteria often present on human skin or nostrils without causing harm. However, if these bacteria enter through an open wound, they can precipitate an infection. Most staph infections are minor and treatable with antibiotics. However, MRSA bacteria a...
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The Mechanism of MRSA Drug Resistance and Its Detection
2024-01-11
The Mechanism of MRSA Drug Resistance and Its Detection
The Mechanism of MRSA Drug Resistance and Its Detection What is MRSA? Staphylococcus aureus is a commonly seen and highly toxic bacterium in clinic. The infectious diseases caused by Staphylococcus aureus have been well controlled since the advent of penicillin in the 1940s. Yet, with the widespread use of penicillin, some Staphylococcus aureus has developed penic...
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Everything You Need to Know About Buccal Swabs for Forensics
2024-01-10
Everything You Need to Know About Buccal Swabs for Forensics
Everything You Need to Know About Buccal Swabs for Forensics Introduction Buccal swabs are cotton-tipped applicators that are used to collect cells from the inside of a person's cheek. The cheek cells contain DNA that can be used for forensic DNA testing and analysis. Buccal swabs provide a quick, non-invasive way to collect DNA samples that can be compared...
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Health Care and Nasopharyngeal Swabs in COVID-19 Testing
2023-12-26
Health Care and Nasopharyngeal Swabs in COVID-19 Testing
Health Care and Nasopharyngeal Swabs in COVID-19 Testing Since its emergence in 2019, COVID-19 diagnostic testing has become a critical tool in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Diagnostic tests determine if someone is currently infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Knowing who is infected allows them to isolate and mitigate spread. The U.S. Food...
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A New Optimized Design Concept for Saliva DNA Isolation Kit
2023-12-26
A New Optimized Design Concept for Saliva DNA Isolation Kit
A New Optimized Design Concept for Saliva DNA Isolation Kit DNA isolation from saliva provides a non-invasive alternative to blood samples for obtaining high quality DNA for a variety of genetic studies. Saliva collection is simple, inexpensive, and can be done remotely and shipped without requiring phlebotomy. With the optimization of saliva DNA extraction protocols, sali...
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Testing Dog Saliva for Zoonotic Bacteria from Raw Pet Food
2023-12-25
Testing Dog Saliva for Zoonotic Bacteria from Raw Pet Food
Testing Dog Saliva for Zoonotic Bacteria from Raw Pet Food Over the past decade, raw food diets for pets have grown increasingly popular. Proponents claim benefits like shinier coats and cleaner teeth. However, research shows raw pet foods carry demonstrated risks of nutritional disease and shedding of zoonotic pathogens. Testing dog saliva offers insight into bacterial po...
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