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New microRNA webinar series starts in November!

This has been in the works for a while, so we’re excited to finally unveil our brand-new microRNA webinar series! This November and December, Brian Dugan, Jonathan Shaffer and I will be speaking on several microRNA-related topics that we think will help propel your research forward. On Tuesday, November 2, Brian will talk about taking a “Total RNA… Read article →


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CTCs and their central role in metastatic cascade, tumor dissemination and progression

Circulating tumor cells (CTCs) can be detected from the peripheral blood of cancer patients, and are viewed as a unique “liquid biopsy” for cancer prognosis and diagnosis (1). Unlike other cancer biomarkers, CTCs represent a sampling of the patient’s primary tumor. Furthermore, CTCs play a crucial role in tumor dissemination and progression, and are widely… Read article →


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Sampling of CTCs reveals drug-resistance mechanisms in prostate cancer

CTC clusters: biological significance and label-independent isolation using microchip technology Clusters of CTCs, consisting of two or more cells, have been observed for decades. Their significance is unknown, but a recent study suggests that a cluster is approximately 50 times more likely to result in a metastatic event compared to a single CTC (1). In… Read article →


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Understanding what factors contribute to variations in quantity of DNA purified from FFPE materials

QIAGEN recently presented a webinar exploring what factors contribute to variations in quantity of DNA purified from FFPE material. As noted in “Top 5 considerations for preparing and archiving FFPE samples,” FFPE is a standard method for long-term preservation of DNA in tissue biopsies. It’s critical to understand how to overcome the challenges that this sample type presents in order… Read article →