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Tapping into the mechanical links of expansins in leaf morphogenesis
Hoe-Han, Goh

Expansins are conserved family of non-enzymatic proteins involved in cell wall-loosening accounted for widespread role in plant development. My research focuses on functional analysis of expansins during leaf morphogenesis. Atomic force microscopy was applied to characterise cell wall mechanical properties in an attempt for in vivo quantification of expansin activity. It’s showed how that there is a distinct difference in cell wall extensibility between leaf abaxial and adaxial side.

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SYBR® Green I as a biomarker for schizophrenia
Davood Zaeifi, Mehdi Rahmati, Vahab Piranfar

The purpose of this study were to examine if the mRNA of the peripheral dopamine receptor is changed in schizophrenia patients. 50 Naive patients were enrolled. After extracting RNA from white blood cells, cDNA is synthesized. After doing the quantitative Real-time PCR, expression of D3 receptors in healthy persons and patients were compared. Results of this examinations reveals that expression of D3 receptor is increased in compared with controls sample.

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Evaluation of a Novel Approach for the Measurement of RNA Quality
Timothy Wilkes; Alison Devonshire; Carole Foy

The potential medical applications of microarrays have generated much interest, within the biomedical community. Numerous potential sources of variation have raised concerns regarding assay consistency and data quality. Previous studies have highlighted RNA integrity as having a major effect on data quality. We describe here a comparison of the performance characteristics of the Agilent (Bioanalyser) and Lab901 (Screen Tape System) platforms, and their capacity to determine sample RNA integrity.

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Microfluidic PCR device for diagnostic pathogen detection
Johannes R. Peham, Hannes Steiner, Walter Grienauer, Rudolf Heer, Michael J. Vellekoop, Christa Nöhammer, Herbert Wiesinger

In this work a microfluidic cyclic flow PCR device is presented, which is capable of replicating the bacterial genomic DNA sequence of the 16S ribosomal RNA. The standard laboratory processing time of 3 h could be decreased to 60 min with the microfluidic reactor without loosing PCR efficiency. Integrating an optical fluorescence detector for dsDNA measurement would evolve this device into a micro total analysis system.

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Differential metabolic response of tomato hybrids to herbivory
Raghava T, Puja Ravikumar, Rajendra Hegde, Anil Kush

In this study we have documented the HIPVs produced by different plant organs in three agronomically important Lycopersicon esculentem (tomato) cultivars in the event of herbivory. The nocturnal and diurnal feeding of third instar Spodoptera littura larvae induces characteristic VOCs mainly terpenes, in all the three hybrids viz., All Rounder, Shaktiman and Lakshmi.

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Design and Fabrication of a Micro PCR Module for POC Applications
E. Morganti, C. Collini, C. Ress, A. Adami, L. Lorenzelli

The design and fabrication process of a micro PCR module is presented. The final system will be integrated in an innovative Lab on a Chip (LOC) to provide a technological platform able to detect autoimmune genetic diseases.

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A Web Interface for Automatic Microarray Analysis
Enrico Glaab, Jonathan M. Garibaldi, Natalio Krasnogor

DNA-Microarray technology provides a diagnostic tool for studying cancer and genetic diseases, allowing the experimenter to identify disease related genes and predict the tumour type for new cell samples. However, the statistical analysis of microarray data is a time-consuming and error-prone process. To address this problem we have developed a web interface for automatic DNA-microarray analysis, ArrayMining.net, which guides the user through the analysis process and performs automatic parameter

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A modular and stochastic approach to the study of gene circuits using P systems
Romero-Campero FJ, Blakes J, Cao H, Camara M, Krasnogor N.

presented at Genomes to Systems Manchester, UK March 17-19 2008

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Formal informatics and machine learning for more principled systems and synthetic biology
Romero-Campero FJ, Blakes J, Camara M, Willams P, Perez-Jimenez MJ, Krasnogor N

presented at European Conference on Synthetic Biology (ESF-UB Conference in Biomedicine), Sant Feliu de Guixols, Spain, 24-29 November 2007.

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CDC Develops a New, Faster Lab Test for Enterovirus D68
Confirmed cases will appear to rise as agency accelerates specimen testing.
NanoString, Brigham and Women’s Hospital Collaborate
Research collaboration to accelerate translation of genomic discoveries into clinical diagnostics in oncology.
Unlocking The Non-Coding Half of Human Genome
Texas A&M biologists unlock non-coding half of human genome with novel DNA sequencing technique.
Improving Trout Resistance to a Deadly Disease
A highly sensitive real-time PCR test has been developed to measure F. psychrophilum in fish tissue.
Blood Test To Diagnose Depression
Test identifies nine blood markers tied to depression; predicts who will benefit from therapy.
Redefining High Risk Patients With Stage II Colon Cancer
microRNA-21 identified as an independent prognostic biomarker.
More People Testing Positive for Chikungunya Virus in the U.S.
Clinical testing volume and positivity rate both grew after the first case of the infectious disease spread to Western Hemisphere this year.
Novel rhPCR Unravels Gene Expression
Method enables identification and analysis of highly similar alternatively spliced transcripts.
Detecting and Identifying Candida Species in Blood Samples of Critically Ill Paediatric Patients
The study aimed to develop a multiplex nested PCR method to detect and identify seven Candida species in peripheral blood samples of critically ill paediatric patients.
IDT Shares Comprehensive qPCR Resources
Special qPCR compendium issue of DECODED now freely available.

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