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Combating antibiotic-resistant bacteria

The CDC estimates that each year in the United States, antibiotic-resistant bacteria sicken two million people, and at least 23,000 people die as a direct result. In addition, antibiotic resistance is a threat to animals, agriculture, and the economy. In March of 2015, the White House released a comprehensive national action plan to combat antibiotic-resistant… Read article →


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Getting started with NGS? Join our upcoming NGS series, beginning Sept. 8!

QIAGEN is hosting a four-part series on Tuesdays in September, “NGS overview, application, optimization and data analysis”, beginning September 8th: Part 1: Next-Generation Sequencing, an Introduction to Technology and Applications Sept 8, 1 pm EDT, 10 am PDT This webinar provides a technical overview of DNA/RNA preprocessing, template preparation, sequencing, and data analysis. It will cover… Read article →


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Putting the reins on immunity – using microRNAs to monitor autoimmune therapy

The mammalian immune system is a complex, lethal collection of cells and molecules that controls and eliminates threats to the body. The innate branch launches a quick response from phagocytes and natural killer cells, while the adaptive branch generates memory cells to create long-lasting defense against a second exposure. However, the immune system isn’t foolproof…. Read article →


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Next-generation sample preparation for liquid biopsy research

The use of next-generation sequencing (NGS) continues to grow due to several factors. Traditional Sanger sequencing performs a single read for each reaction, while NGS generates millions of sequencing reads simultaneously.  Although the accuracy of a single NGS sequence is lower, multiple reads are generated and aligned for a single run, generating an accurate consensus… Read article →