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New webinar shows synergy between two miRNA detection techniques

In our last post, we discussed the strengths and weaknesses of the three most popular techniques for miRNA detection, qPCR, miRNA-seq and microarray. We ultimately concluded that these miRNA detection technologies are appropriate for different experimental circumstances, and a lab’s decision about which to use should be driven by their research goals. Today, I’m excited to report on a presentation about… Read article →


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Critical factors in the retrieval of usable analytes from FFPE samples

The process of retrieving analytes from formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded (FFPE) tissue samples is an incredibly complicated endeavor. There are several major challenges when purifying DNA, RNA and protein from FFPE samples. First, these biomolecules are crosslinked to each other. Second, nucleic acids are often fragmented depending how the FFPE samples are prepared, and third, there is… Read article →



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Liquid biopsy: a necessity in the age of personalized medicine

The 2001 introduction of Imatinib (Gleevec) for the treatment of chronic myelogenous leukemia was a watershed moment in cancer therapeutics. In addition to treating a previously fatal leukemia, it opened the door for the further development of targeted therapeutics, molecules designed to specifically inhibit individual oncogenic proteins. The advent of targeted therapy also made the… Read article →