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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) — Using Promega's quantitative PCR and short tandem repeat amplification kits, researchers at Florida International University recently characterized the changes in melt curves and amplification efficiencies that result from varying concentrations of eleven different PCR inhi

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – A University of Washington-led team has developed a method for tapping existing tumor sequence data to detect the microsatellite instability (MSI) that can occur in tumors from many cancer types.

Bio-Rad this week launched its Precision Blue real-time PCR dye.

Assessing epigenetic silencing of a metastasis-suppressing gene in cell-free DNA provides prognostic information for non-small cell lung cancer, according to a recent study led by researchers from the University of Athens in Greece.

An Australian duo has developed a pre-PCR technique to improve results in forensic DNA analysis.

Sigma Life Science, a division of Sigma-Aldrich, has released Onyx Quencher, a proprietary quencher designed to improve signal quality in quantitative real-time PCR assays.

Qiagen has been awarded US Patent No. 8,597,938, "System for providing control reactions for real time RT-PCR ."
Jingping Yang and Li Shen are named as inventors.

There is growing interest among forensics researchers in expanding the use of molecular technologies, such as arrays and next-generation sequencing, to advance the field. But there are challenges, as forensics, particularly in its application to criminal cases, has been slow to adopt new technologies.

Promega has been awarded US Patent No. 8,519,119, "Methods of purifying a nucleic acid formulation and kit for use in performing such methods."
Rex Bitner is named as inventor.

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A tissue sample from the 1960s harbors a near-complete sample of HIV, IFLScience reports.

A new bill would reshape the US National Science Foundation to include a focus on technological development, according to Science.

The Food and Drug Administration's decision to halt a SARS-CoV-2 study has drawn criticism, according to Stat News.

In Genome Biology this week: features affecting gut microbiome and parasite patterns, cellular interactions in lung tumor microenvironment, and more.