Decisions, Decisions: How to Choose the Best qPCR Probe for Your Experiment

By Kristen Haberthur | October 17, 2017

Before we go any further, we have to get some things straightened out: RT-PCR versus qPCR versus RT-qPCR. Sooo confusing, amirite?? They all refer to specific molecular biology assays, but the names are unfortunately used interchangeably, which can be awfully confusing for just about anyone. So without further ado: RT-PCR is short for reverse-transcriptase PCR,…

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How to Survive a Difficult PCR

By Cindy Duarte Castelão | October 12, 2017

I am sure many of you have been there. Everything is going smoothly, and your project seems to be working out perfectly. And then there is this one PCR. For some reason, it just won’t work. It is a black dot on your record. Even though I have a scientific mind, I have to be…

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Alphabet Soup for Bacteria!

By Dr. Karen O'Hanlon Cohrt | October 12, 2017

In its simplest form, a bacterial growth media is designed to support the growth of bacteria. Depending on which bacteria you want to culture, you may have a range of different medias to choose from, each containing a rather unique blend of sometimes surprising (and odd!) components! In this article, I will take you through…

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