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Alternative miRNA design for therapeutic RNAi applications
Anja van Brabant Smith, Barb Robertson, Annaleen Vermeulen, Christina Yamada, Angela Reynolds, Anastasia Khvorova, Devin Leake

For in vivo applications, the design of miRNA inhibitors and miRNA mimics must be optimized for stability and potency. However, stabilized miRNA mimic molecules can lose functionality compared to standard miRNA mimic molecules due, in part, to the activity of the stabilized passenger strand acting as a miRNA inhibitor. We discuss how mismatches affect the activity of the stabilized miRNA mimics, perhaps by generating a passenger strand that is less functional as an inhibitor molecule.

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Integrating Fluorescent Carbon Nanodot Synthesis and Optical Detection of Methylmercury
Carlos Bendicho, Isabel Costas-Mora, Vanesa Romero, Isela Lavilla

In the last years, a great interest toward development of optical nanoprobes has arisen, so fluorescent nanomaterials have been implemented in analytical systems for the detection of several species. In this work, a novel assay that integrates the synthesis of fluorescent carbon dots (CDs) and sensing within one step, for the fast, sensitive and selective detection of methylmercury is presented.

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Impact of Molecular Surface Charge on Electrical Impedance Spectroscopy Biosensing
Y. Ram, T. Yoetz-Kopelman, A. Freeman and Y. Shacham-Diamand

Molecular surface charge was found to be the dominant parameter when monitoring protein binding events by Electrical Impedance Spectroscopy with a charged redox couple. A biosensing device was fabricated, and a physical model was derived to explain the results.

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A multiplexed amplicon sequencing technology for FFPE and circulating, cell-free DNA
Laurie Kurihara, Catherine Couture, Julie Laliberte, Sukhinder Sandhu, Jonathan Irish, Tim Harkins and Vladimir Makarov

A novel amplicon approach allowing for hundreds of amplicons to be multiplexed in a single tube with a two workflow from sample to sequencer.

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Stable Chloroplast: Myth or Reality?
Shailesh Joshi and Dyfed Evans

Chloroplasts principally encode the photosynthetic machinery in Viridiplantae. It has long been accepted that in photosynthetic plants chloroplast genomic structure is uniquely stable as it is maternally and clonally inherited. The first chloroplast genomes sequenced supported this view. The current study was undertaken to address the potential issue of global chloroplast(in)stability.

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Validation of Collection and Extraction Methods of Saliva for Use in Biomarker Research
Sarah E. Hurst and Brandon T. Hall

This poster investigates the collection and extraction methods of saliva for use in biomarker research.

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Rapid Detection of Somatic Mutations in Cancer Genes
Michael J. Powell et. al.,

Rapid higly sensitive detection of tumor gene mutations in DNA derived from FFPE or plasma samples can be achieved with QClamp PCR technology.

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Accurate Normalization of Grain Samples Using Pressure-Based Volume Measurement Technology
Bill Gigante, John Thomas Bradshaw, Tanya Knaide

A common challenge experienced by sample screening facilities is identifying individual sample quantity prior to DNA extraction. Accurately identifying sample quantity allows the user to pipette exact amounts of extraction buffer into each well.

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Specificity of highly potent miRNA inhibitors
Barbara Roberston, Andrew Dalby, Yuriy Fedorov, Jon Karpilow, Anastasia Khvorova, Devin Leake, Annaleen Vermeulen

Specificity of highly potent miRNA inhibitors

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Reprogramming Cancer Cells
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New Strategy for Combating Adenoviruses
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Synthetic DNA Vaccine Against MERS Shows Promise
A novel synthetic DNA vaccine can, for the first time, induce protective immunity against the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus in animal species.
How Small RNA Helps Form Memories
In a new study, a team of scientists at Scripps Florida has found that a type of genetic material called "microRNA" (miRNA) plays surprisingly different roles in the formation of memory in animal models.
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