Young Investigator Felix Bittner on developing an MPSplex assay for missing persons identification

Our Young Investigator series allows us to acknowledge rising scientists in the forensic field. We hope that they inspire you with their story, as they are our future! Continuing our interview series, we have Felix Bittner, DNA Analyst at the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP), The Hague, Netherlands. His work focuses on developing a… Read article →

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New tool helps scientists, veterinarians shed light on koala chlamydia infections

Fast, accurate testing is important when studying infections in a wildlife setting. That’s why researchers in Australia, looking to improve on the time required by traditional PCR tests to detect chlamydia infections in koalas, created a new, rapid point-of-care diagnostic tool. Their research was published in Microbiology Open. The loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) assay gives… Read article →


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 →