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Digital PCR: Helpful Tips When Using Droplet Partitioning Technology

Digital PCR offers a highly sensitive alternative to conventional qPCR, enabling absolute quantification of nucleic acids and rare allele detection. The tips in this article help you set up and optimize your digital PCR experiments when using droplet partitioning technology.
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Assessing Cell Health: Autophagy

Part III of our cell health series describes the three main autophagy mechanisms and reviews the various methods for assessing macroautophagy and autophagic flux in cells.
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From megaTALs to CRISPR: The Many Ways to Edit a Gene

CRISPR has revolutionized gene editing but is not the only way to edit a gene. We compare the pros and cons of four main gene editing techniques – meganucleases, zinc finger nucleases, TALENs, and CRISPR-Cas9 – discuss the advance of these methods to the clinic for therapeutic applications, and introduce newer technologies that eliminate some of the pitfalls of current techniques.
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Productivity through Workflow Personalization: What Pharma Is Learning from Other Industries

Striving for efficiency in workflow is not a new concept. Automation and use of smart technologies in industries such as automotive and shipping, and services like USPS and UPS, have drastically changed the way they function today not just with innovation but with personalization. Pharma is beginning to understand the need for adopting personalized workflow as well. Now, what can Pharma learn from these industries and how can it apply it to the industry?
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Synthesis and Purification of Recombinant Proteins — A Success Story

Producing highly purified proteins in large quantities is a challenge and requires modification of methods and protocols to attain high efficiency. Dr Murat Kasap from Kocaeli University, Turkey, has overcome these difficulties by taking advantage of the modularity of the NGC Chromatography System and successfully synthesized and purified cardiac troponin-I protein.
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A Superior Method for Parallel Analysis of RNA and Protein Expression from Cell Culture Lysates

It is imperative to analyze both the transcriptional and translational profiles for a complete understanding of the functioning of genes. Here we describe a simple protocol that enables parallel analysis of both RNA and protein from single cell culture lysates. See how this workflow could save time and money and yield more reliable data than the traditional protocols used.
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Rapid Advances in Biotechnology Bring Questions about Patentability

Striking a balance between encouraging innovation and allowing access to knowledge is not simple. Allowing patents for modifications of naturally occurring organisms and cells pose a particular challenge to the scientific community. Adding to the complexity is the variations in regulations between countries. This article discusses these issues with specific examples in biotechnology and biomedical fields.
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Expanding Flow Core Capabilities by Shifting Routine Sorts to Self-Sort on the S3e™ Cell Sorter

To run a core flow cytometry lab is no easy task. There is always a balance between running simple sorts and developing new assays for answering complicated questions that demand pushing the limits of existing assays and the limitations of the sorters. See how Andy Riddell, a flow core manager, pushes the limits of his existing assays and how Bio-Rad’s S3e™ cell sorter is allowing him to accomplish that.
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Using PrimePCR™ Gene Expression Assays to Understand Breast Cancer Metastasis

Tumor metastasis is a complex process. It requires the ability of the cancer cells to invade their surroundings and travel to distant sites and survive. Dr. Traci Lyons studies the mechanism of COX-2 functioning in the metastasis of breast cancer cells. Find out how Dr. Lyons used Bio-Rad’s PrimePCR™ Assays to confirm COX-2 knockdown at the mRNA level.
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New Product Feature: gDNA-Free cDNA in Two Simple Steps

Removing genomic DNA contamination from cDNA preparations is a challenge. All currently available methods are time consuming, could lead to sample loss, and are not efficient. Bio-Rad’s iScript™gDNA Clear cDNA Synthesis Kit tackles these issues and makes this step effortless. This article presents the performance data of the kit and describes how simple and efficient it is to use the kit for gDNA removal.