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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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Victory in Court: Miraclean Prevails in Section 337 Appeal
2023-12-20
Victory in Court: Miraclean Prevails in Section 337 Appeal
Victory in Court: Miraclean Prevails in Section 337 Appeal On December 7, 2023, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit upheld the United States International Trade Commission(ITC)'s final ruling, finding that Miraclean Technology Co., Ltd.'s flocked swabs did not violate Section 337. After over two years of litigation, Shenzhen-based Miraclean has claimed...
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Saliva Collection Kits: A Versatile Tool for Diagnostics & Forensics
2023-12-13
Saliva Collection Kits: A Versatile Tool for Diagnostics & Forensics
Saliva Collection Kits: A Versatile Tool for Diagnostics & Forensics Saliva collection kits are increasingly being utilized for their ability to safely collect and stabilize salivary DNA and RNA for a variety of downstream applications. From disease testing to forensic identification, these non-invasive kits are revolutionizing diagnostics and bioscience. Saliva...
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Transport Medium: A Vital Solution for Preserving Specimens
2023-12-13
Transport Medium: A Vital Solution for Preserving Specimens
Transport Medium: A Vital Solution for Preserving Specimens Transport media are essential solutions utilized in microbiology to preserve the viability of microbial specimens during transit to the laboratory for analysis. This article explores what defines transport media, examples of formulations, optimal transport conditions for various sample types, and the critical role...
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Foam Tip Swabs: A Cleaner Alternative
2023-12-13
Foam Tip Swabs: A Cleaner Alternative
Foam Tip Swabs: A Cleaner Alternative Foam tip swabs have become an increasingly popular choice over traditional cotton swabs for precision cleaning needs. As the name suggests, these swabs have soft, absorbent foam tips rather than cotton. This simple difference makes them better suited for delicate cleaning tasks where lint and fibers could cause issues. What Sets...
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Viral Transport Medium: Can PBS Step Up in a Pinch?
2023-12-13
Viral Transport Medium: Can PBS Step Up in a Pinch?
Viral Transport Medium: Can PBS Step Up in a Pinch? The COVID-19 pandemic led to an unprecedented need for widespread testing globally. An essential component of testing is the viral transport medium (VTM) used to collect and transport nasal/throat swabs to labs for analysis. But global supply chain disruptions left many regions scrambling for VTM availability. Researchers...
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