International DNA day celebrates the successful completion of the Human Genome Project in 2003 and the discovery of DNA's double helix in 1953. In celebration of DNA day, Dr. Karen Ring of the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) came to speak at the Novato GMP facility to highlight the advances made in stem cell research and CIRM’s recently funded genomics initiative. The talk, both inspirational and illuminating, was also a great reminder that the oligonucleotides we manufacture have a wide range of applications in basic and translational research.Read More
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LGC's Genomics Division has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Chinese health management expert Personal Health to establish a genotyping research partnership. The partnership will see Personal Health become the first “LGC Douglas Scientific® High-Throughput Genotyping Demo Lab” in China.Read More
A recent study coordinated by LGC and published in the journal Analytical Chemistry, has demonstrated the potential of digital PCR (dPCR) to improve the reproducibility of routine clinical testing between facilities.Read More
Topics: Real-time PCR
"Put in your samples, put in your assays, hit the green button and go!" It seems simple because it really is that simple.
New research has, for the first time, found evidence suggesting the molecular epidemiology of how the Zika virus spreads from a human mother to her fetus.Read More
It’s time to forget what you know about heating your PCR plates for end-point PCR. Water is the way to go. Where cooling and heating speeds in traditional Peltier-based thermal cyclers rely on ramping the temperature of a metal block up and down, the new Hydrocycler2™ - unveiled by LGC at both PAG and SLAS2017 this past month - only needs approximately three seconds to move reaction plates to the next water bath – and it’s all automated.Read More
Demand for maize is increasing due to an increased number of people transitioning to meat-based diets driving demand for animal feed. Drought has been identified as the number one factor in impacting maize yields in the region. Over 80% of maize grown in tropical Asia is rainfed, leaving the 19 million hectares of maize subject to stress caused by variations in monsoon rains. As such, maize is a good point of reference when thinking about the importance of production of drought-tolerant crops (Zaidi, et al., 2016).Read More
The advent of and ongoing improvements to next-generation sequencing technologies is driving the continuing and extensive discovery of single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in a wide range of species. As a consequence of their large numbers and genome-wide distribution, SNPs are the molecular marker of choice in plant, animal, and human genetic research.Read More
Nature versus nurture. It’s a tale as old as time.
When Craig Venter made the comment after the human genome sequence was published, that “the behavior, character and physiology of individual human beings” aren’t wholly determined by their genetic make-up, and that our “environments are critical” – he wasn’t wrong.Read More