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Microbiomes: Snoop into the microbial soup

Microbiomes, localized communities of microorganisms that exist symbiotically with their immediate environment, can be found virtually anywhere; inside the human colon, around plant roots, inside coral reefs and even within ant colonies. These little microbial microcosms are a hot topic right now. Recent studies have implicated their role in the wellbeing of people, animals, plants… Read article →


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miRNA-seq vs qPCR in 2017: an update

Time marches on and technology with it, and these new advances yield new perspectives. Of particular interest to this blog is the changing technology and perspective on microRNA profiling methods. Two years ago, I wrote about the pros and cons of 3 methods commonly used for miRNA expression analysis, NGS, qPCR and microarray, and concluded… Read article →


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Let’s celebrate DNA Day!

April 25th 1953 is a day to remember. That’s the day DNA’s double-helical structure was published for the first time in a paper by James Watson and Francis Crick. The paper, printed in the journal Nature, together with papers from Maurice Wilkins and Rosalind Franklin, included evidence that the structure existed in biological systems (1,2,3)…. Read article →



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QIAGEN at the AACR Annual Meeting 2017 – innovations in NGS and more!

Graced by beautiful spring weather in Washington, D.C., the AACR Annual Meeting 2017 brought together scientists from around the globe to share insights into the latest and most exciting cancer research. At the QIAGEN booth, our colleagues shared the latest in QIAGEN innovations, including the revolutionary QIAscout single-cell isolation system, and spoke to customers about NGS,… Read article →