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Digital PCR to Determine the Number of Transcripts from Single Neurons after Patch-clamp Recording
Nóra Faragó1,2, Ágnes K. Kocsis3, Sándor Lovas3, Gábor Molnár3, Márton Rózsa3, Viktor Szemenyei3, Ágnes Zvara2, Gábor Tamás3, László G Puskás1,2

Whole-cell patch-clamp recording enables detecting electrophysiological signals from neurons, and RNA can be harvested into the patch pipette from the cells.We have optimized a dPCR protocol for determining exact transcript numbers in single neurons after patch-clamp recording by using dPCR based on high-density nanocapillary PCR.

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On-chip quantification of miRNA using digital droplet PCR
Q. Cai1, R.S. Wiederkehr1, B. Jones1, B. Majeed1, T. Stakenborg1, P. Fiorini1, L. Lagae1, M Tsukuda2, T. Matsuno2, I. Yamashita2

miRNAs have a great potential in diagnostics. Hence, automated profiling of miRNAs are of great interest. In-house technology show that it is possible to implement a multiplexing assay for miRNAs on a microfluidic chip using digital droplet PCR.

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A multianalyte algorithm PCR-based blood test outperforms single analyte ELISA-based blood tests for neuroendocrine tumor detection
Mark Kidd, Irvin M Modlin, Daniele Alaimo, Stephen Callahan, Nancy Teixiera, Lisa Bodei, Ignat Drozdov

In a prospective study, in age-/sex- and ethnicity-matched patients and controls (n=82), a 51 panel multigene blood transcript test (NETest) was identified to be significantly more sensitive and accurate (>93%) than any single analyte assay (Chromogranin A, Pancreastatin or Neurokinin A) for neuroendocrine tumor detection.

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Stealth-Adapted Viruses and Viteria: Insights into Virus Construction, Replication and Potential Therapies
W. John Martin

There is an increasing incidence of diseases with accompanying signs and symptoms of brain damage. These include neurological and psychiatric illnesses, childhood behavioral disorders, and such common conditions as chronic fatigue, Gulf War Syndrome, so-called “chronic Lyme disease”, and many cancers. Altogether, these diseases have an enormous social impact.

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High-Throughput Analysis of DNA Samples using the D1K ScreenTape Assay and the Agilent 2200 TapeStation System
Arunkumar Padmanaban, Ruediger Salowsky, Adam Inche

Recent advances in genomics demands to look at a wealth of genetic information in a short period of time. DNA analysis using slab gel electrophoresis and capillary electrophoresis are widely being used as a QC step in next generation sequencing and microarray studies. However, often these techniques lack the speed and involve more manual steps to perform the assay.

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Hot Start dNTPs – Pushing the Limits of PCR
Tony Le, Hidalgo Ashrafi, Sabrina Shore, Victor Timoshchuk, Natasha Paul, Richard Hogrefe, Inna Koukhareva, Alexandre Lebedev

Hot Start dNTPs are a distinct approach that employs modified nucleoside triphosphates with a thermolabile protecting group. This modification blocks low temperature primer extension and is released at higher temperatures to allow for more specific DNA polymerase incorporation.

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RNA Quality Control using the Agilent 2200 TapeStation System –Assessment of the RINe Quality Metric
Arunkumar Padmanaban, Ruediger Salowsky, Charmian Cher

Here, we present a comparative study between the RINe quality score obtained from R6K ScreenTape and High Sensitivity R6K ScreenTape compared to the RIN quality metric obtained from the 2100 Bioanalyzer system.

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Simultaneous RT-qPCR Measurement of 1718 Long Non-Coding RNAs
Pieter Mestdagh, Barbara D’haene, Jan Hellemans and Jo Vandesompele

Massively parallel RNA-sequencing revealed that the human genome is pervasively transcribed, resulting in the production of thousands of non-coding RNA transcripts.

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Advanced Copy Number Variant Analysis with qbasePLUS 2
Barbara D’haene, Jo Vandesompele and Jan Hellemans

Copy number changes under the form of deletions and duplications are known to be involved in numerous human genetic disorders. Moreover, each individual’s genome embodies several copy number polymorphisms of various sizes which are thought to contribute to normal phenotypic variation and susceptibility to multifunctional disease.

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Profiling DNA Viruses in Arctic Lakes
The Arctic's freshwater lakes contain viral communities composed of DNA viruses from lineages that are largely distinct from those described elsewhere, a new study suggests.
Polar Distribution of MicroRNAs Discovered within Eukaryotic Cells
A plausible new mechanism contributing to asymmetric cell division.
A New Role for Zebrafish: Larger Scale Gene Function Studies
A relatively new method of targeting specific DNA sequences in zebrafish could dramatically accelerate the discovery of gene function and the identification of disease genes in humans.
Rapid Determination of the Chromosomal Phase of Genetic Variants
Researchers have developed a rapid, scalable, and cost-effective method for chromosomal phasing that provides researchers with a new method to determine if genetic variants are linked on the same chromosome.
Seeing the Action
Researchers have developed a way to observe both the forces present and the behavior that occurs during cell hemifusion; the merging of the lipid bi-layers of two cells.
From Worker to Queen at the Drop of a Gene
Biologists have found that the hierarchical fate of one of nature's most important pollinators comes down to which genes are "turned on or off".
Faster, Portable Microbial analysis
New miniaturized microbial analysis machine permits the detection of microbes in water, soil and the upper atmosphere.
Genetic Markers for Detecting and Treating Ovarian Cancer
Custom bioinformatics algorithm identifies human mRNAs that distinguish ovarian cancer cells from normal cells and provide new therapeutic targets
Single-cell Analysis Hits its Stride
Advances in technology and computational analysis enable scale and affordability, paving the way for translational studies.
New Genomic Research Amends Earlier Triple Negative Breast Cancer Finding
Previously reported molecular finding unable to be validated.
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