Posts Tagged: samples

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Deep-Sea Corals of the Red Sea – True Survivors

How do deep-sea corals survive in the warm, saline, oxygen- and food-deprived environment of the Red Sea? In a recent study, Yum LK et. al describes what happened when they went diving for answers. To get started, the team isolated RNA using flash frozen coral powder from three deep-sea coral species of the Red Sea… Read article →


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Effective genomic DNA removal – crucial for accurate gene expression analysis

Whether you are working with formalin-fixed, paraffin embedded (FFPE) tissue or normal tissue samples, the elimination of genomic DNA (gDNA) from your RNA preps is crucial to obtain reliable results in gene expression analysis, especially if you want to determine the gene expression pattern in a specific cell or under specific conditions. Possible consequences of… Read article →


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Macrauchenia gets its place on the tree of life – thanks to ancient DNA analysis

Original photo courtesy of Ryan Somma. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons. Macrauchenia was a camel-like animal deriving its name from Auchenia, meaning “big neck” in Greek, and its first remains, which date back 7 million years, were found in South America, primarily in Argentina (1). Macrauchenia was a herbivore with its distinctive feature being… Read article →



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A day in the life of a cancer researcher

The song “A day in the life” sung by The Beatles has always been one of my favorites and probably the reason why many people contemplate what they do in their daily lives. Although I moved from academia to industry several years ago, I still have good friends working as post-doctorates who are specifically involved… Read article →