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qPCR: Current technologies and future applications

qPCR: Current technologies and future applications

Genomics, Issue 2 2010 / 9 May 2010 / European Pharmaceutical Review

A diverse and widely applicable laboratory technique, qPCR is vital for the progression of drug discovery, enabling detection and quantification and commonly used for both diagnostic and basic research. This roundtable brings together experts from a wide range of pharmaceutical applications to discuss current technologies and future applications of qPCR for drug discovery and the pharmaceutical industry.

Digital polymerase chain reaction; new diagnostic opportunities

Industry Focus 2010, Past issues / 22 February 2010 /

LGC is an international science-based company located in South West London. A progressive and innovative enterprise, LGC operates in socially responsible fields underpinning the health, safety and security of the public, and regulation and enforcement for UK government departments and blue chip clients. Our products and services enable our customers to have a sound basis on which to base their scientific and commercial decisions or conformity to international statutory and regulatory standards.

Article 5: qPCR data analysis – Amplification plots, Cq and normalisation

Issue 5 2009, Past issues / 9 October 2009 /

A pivotal attraction of qPCR technology is its apparent lack of complication; an assay consisting of the simple procedure of combining oligonucleotides, PCR mastermix buffer and nucleic acid template to produce a qPCR reaction is perceived as undemanding. This practical simplicity is complemented by the absence of any requirement for post-assay handling, as well as the development of user-friendly data analysis software that makes data generation and visualisation in the shape of amplification plots remarkably simple. However, as we have set out in the first four articles of this series, the translation of an attractive amplification plot into accurate and meaningful data is far from trivial and requires a range of additional considerations.

There is more to qPCR than the PCR reaction

Issue 5 2008, Past issues / 29 September 2008 /

The polymerase chain reaction is arguably the most significant technical discovery yet to have been made in the field of molecular biology and genetics, if not all life science. It cannot be overstated how much of an impact this technique has had, resulting in molecular biology becoming an integral part of most biological and medical research fields. PCR is both highly versatile and extremely sensitive, yet with basic training and adherence to key precautions against contamination, it is comparatively simple to perform. However, when conducting PCR, there are a number of additional considerations that are frequently overlooked when investigating the presence or amount of nucleic acid within a sample.


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