Posts Tagged: blood

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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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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 →



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miRNA and lncRNA – serum biomarkers for lung cancer

One of the most exciting potential applications of circulating non-coding RNAs like microRNA (miRNA) and long non-coding RNA (lncRNA) is as biomarkers for early detection of cancer. Cancer treatment, like treatment of many other diseases, can be far more effective when started early. Easily accessible markers like RNAs in the blood are an attractive possibility for finding… Read article →


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Handle with care: maintaining blood samples in storage

Anyone who’s worked in a lab has likely done housekeeping on the -20°C and -80°C freezers. Carefully processing and storing samples for future use, then sorting through the frozen boxes a few years later to decide which to discard and replaced with newer ones is a perpetual cycle. Whether your biobank is in a small… Read article →