NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Call it a multiplexed approach to rethinking PCR. Rice University Professor David Zhang is setting out to refine the application of polymerase chain reaction, all the way from hybridization dynamics to instrumentation.

It's an ambitious effort, but Zhang's got a new grant from the National Institutes of Health and a partnership with Thermo Fisher Scientific to help him along the way.

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