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PCR – News and Features


At-Home Prototype Saliva Test Competes With RT-PCR

A prototype at-home test for SARS-CoV-2 that requires a non-invasive saliva sample has been shown to be comparable to RT-PCR in terms of specificity and sensitivity.

Monkeypox Added to Wastewater Screening Panel

An ongoing program that monitors wastewater for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 and has effectively predicted subsequent surges in COVID-19 cases in San Diego has been expanded to detect the presence of monkeypox.

Smartphone Clip-On Can Detect Zika Virus in Blood Samples

Researchers have developed an instrument that can be clipped on to a smartphone to rapidly test for Zika virus in a single droplet of blood.

How To Accelerate Vaccine Production – And Avoid Speed Bumps

In this article, we discuss key challenges in vaccine development scale up, highlighting various strategies for overcoming them.

Spike in Hepatitis Cases Linked to Adeno-Associated Virus 2

In two new research papers, scientists have identified a link between recent cases of acute hepatitis in children and adeno-associated virus 2 (AAV2). The studies suggest a co-infection with AAV2 and another virus, such as adenovirus, may be the cause of the increase in cases.

There's DNA From Hundreds of Insects In Your Tea

Animals shed genetic material all around them. Some float in the air and some end up in your cup of tea. Scientists are now taking notice.

Loss of Y Chromosome A Cause of Earlier Death in Men?

A new study published in Science outlines how a loss of the Y chromosome as men age could have harmful effects on health and reduce lifespan. The research, led by scientists at the University of Virginia (UVA) School of Medicine, may also provide an explanation for why women typically live longer than men.
Industry Insight

Using Machine Learning To Enhance Biomarkers for Cancer Immunotherapy

In this interview, we spoke to Rachel Marty Pyke PhD, manager of bioinformatics science at Personalis, to find out how machine learning can be used to detect genomic instability as a biomarker for cancer immunotherapy.

Test Identifies COVID-19 Variants in Hours

A rapid COVID-19 test has been used to track the prevalence of different variants of SARS-CoV-2, helping to make policy decisions in North Texas.

Digital PCR Could Help Select the Best Rapid Malaria Test for an Area

According to a study, a digital polymerase chain reaction technique for screening malaria parasite genomes can help identify mutations that allow them to dodge detection by some rapid tests.