At the crossroads – qPCR and dPCR

When it comes to molecular biology and genomics research involving nucleic acid quantification, scientists often find themselves standing at the crossroads. Which quantification technique to choose to achieve research goals efficiently – the more precise and robust digital PCR (dPCR) or the more standardized and familiar quantitative real-time PCR (qPCR). The choice is application dependent…. Read article →


Novel uses of the microbiome in forensic genetics: an interview with Celia Díez López

As a part of our microbiome research interview series, we spoke with Ms. Celia Díez López, a Ph.D. candidate from the Department of Genetic Identification, Erasmus Medical Centre Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Ms. Díez López is conducting research to identify novel uses of the human microbiome and other non-human components in forensic genetics. How did you… Read article →

Meet the Microbiome Researcher: Paula Lado

Summer is here in the northern hemisphere and tick season is upon us. While for many, this comes with no small amount of concern for tick-borne diseases, for Paula Lado tick season means opportunity. Her subjects are active again and her studies on ticks as vectors for infection turn to field work, approaching them where… Read article →