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Reverse Transcription: The Most Common Pitfalls!

Good quality starting material is king for reverse transcription! Obtaining reliable results in any experiment requires good preparation. We often take reverse transcription for granted, and we don’t always consider that our qPCR might be performing poorly because of problems in that step. Since it’s quite often the reverse transcription reaction itself that causes fuss […]

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In PCR, qPCR and qRT-PCR 19th of January, 2017
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The Obligate qPCR Standard Curve

At first sight, real-time PCR looks like a very simple technique—very straightforward. Also, when it’s optimized, real-time PCR leads to interesting results. However, to obtain consistent and accurate results reflecting the reality, good controls are crucial for SYBR qPCR.  One of these controls is the qPCR standard curve to check for the efficiency of your primers. Efficient Primers […]

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In PCR, qPCR and qRT-PCR 17th of November, 2016
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From Revolution to Evolution: Stem-loop Real-time PCR

Kary Mullis invented polymerase chain reaction (PCR) in 1985 creating a revolution in molecular biology techniques. But it hasn’t stopped there. PCR has greatly evolved over the years. Today, we stand at a point, where we can clone micro RNAs (miRNAs) in real time! Due to miRNA size (about 18-21 nucleotides long) and varied expression levels, […]

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In PCR, qPCR and qRT-PCR 27th of September, 2016
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The Real-Time PCR Digest

In the 30 odd years since its invention, the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) has become the bread and butter technique of molecular biologists. The secret to its indispensability lies in its simplicity and versatility. Numerous variants of the technique have been developed; one of these, real-time PCR, has become the method of choice for quantitative […]

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In PCR, qPCR and qRT-PCR 15th of September, 2016
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Methods for Relative Quantification of qPCR Data. Yes, There is More Than One.

As all of you probably know, methods for calculating relative gene expression from qPCR data include: a) double delta Ct (ΔΔCt) and b) that one other method. Chances are you’ve probably gotten beyond the ΔΔCt method, but you should be prepared in case you face primer sets of different amplification efficiencies. Both methods require the […]

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In PCR, qPCR and qRT-PCR 18th of August, 2016
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Decoding Cancer: Practical Advice for Working with Cellular Heterogeneity

In this webinar, you will learn about the process for genotyping cells—particularly tumor cells—and practical advice for analyzing the resulting data. The main points that we will cover are: Practical advice and methods for sample collection and preparation for your genotyping experiments An overview of the available data analysis methods for your genotyping results Examples […]

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In PCR, qPCR and qRT-PCR 9th of August, 2016 Presented by: Ania Wronski
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SPUD’s Your Bud When it Comes to Sensitive qPCR

There’s piloting a brand new technique for the first time. Then, there’s jumping through hoops trying to get an established lab technique to work. The former, in contrast to the latter, is expected to be fraught with hardships. Yet troubleshooting an old lab technique that isn’t working anymore, is frustrating at a whole new level. […]

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In PCR, qPCR and qRT-PCR 21st of July, 2016
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PCR Problems? Try an Additive

You’ve tried all the usual stuff, and checked the primer sequences twice, but still can’t get that PCR fragment amplified. It’s time to enter the strange world of PCR additives. Over the years a variety of additives have been shown to enhance PCR reactions in certain situations. Here is a summary of some of the […]

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In PCR, qPCR and qRT-PCR 9th of July, 2016
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10 Tips for Consistent Real-Time PCR

Real-time PCR is a specialized technique that delivers far more information about your DNA or RNA than end-point PCR. Essentially, real-time PCR is a way to visualize the amplification of specific DNA fragments as it is happening (in real time) and allows for the ability to quantify exactly how much DNA (or RNA) was in […]

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In PCR, qPCR and qRT-PCR 9th of July, 2016
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Are You Ready for Your First qPCR?

Hope you had a heavy breakfast, because the first qPCR is going to take time. Did you remember to fill your coffee cup? There are a lot of intricacies in qPCR that will need your neural networks to be brisk. How qPCR differs from traditional PCR Unlike traditional PCR, qPCR measures the amplification of DNA […]

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In PCR, qPCR and qRT-PCR 9th of July, 2016