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Water – Back to Basics for Thermal Cycling

Posted on Tue, Feb 28, 2017 @ 08:13 AM

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.

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Topics: Thermal Cycler, Hydrocycler2, Water Bath

Overcoming drought-intolerance in maize to feed the growing Asian population

Posted on Wed, Feb 15, 2017 @ 07:53 AM

 

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).

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Topics: Genomics, KASP, Genotyping

Automate to Accelerate and Scale-up SNP-based Genotyping Workflows!

Posted on Thu, Feb 02, 2017 @ 07:14 AM

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.

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Topics: Genomics, SLAS2017

Multiple Misunderstandings: Learning from Genetic Determinism

Posted on Mon, Jan 23, 2017 @ 08:12 AM

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.

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Topics: Genomics

Helping to Feed the World with Genotyping by Sequencing

Posted on Tue, Jan 17, 2017 @ 07:42 PM

Many areas critical to improved agricultural production require robust and scalable genotyping platforms to enable the mapping of traits in plants and livestock as part of marker assisted selection (MAS) and marker assisted breeding (MAB) programmes.

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Topics: Genomics, Genotyping, Sequencing, GBS

Accelerating Trait Discovery at PAG

Posted on Thu, Jan 12, 2017 @ 08:15 AM

The 25th annual International Plant & Animal Genome (PAG) conference is right around the corner and LGC will be in San Diego, CA showcasing our integrated offerings for a wide variety of genomics workflow solutions. From SNP discovery, to routine screening - we harness the power and flexibility of our integrated tools to enable breeding programmes. 

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Topics: Announcement

Faster, stronger, quicker: SSR to KASP will get you there

Posted on Mon, Jan 09, 2017 @ 07:05 AM

Screen more markers faster and bring crops with superior traits to the market quicker.

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Topics: Genotyping

Multiplex your qPCR and Walk-away

Posted on Thu, Dec 15, 2016 @ 08:17 AM

It seems everyone wants to do more with less, and automate the process as well.  But this can cause a number of challenges for even a traditional molecular diagnostics tool such as PCR.

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Topics: Genomics, qPCR, Douglas Scientific, IntelliQube

On Your Mark, Get Set, Map!

Posted on Mon, Dec 12, 2016 @ 08:10 AM

You wouldn’t just read the first chapter of a book and then stop. Nor would you go to the theatre and see one act of a play and then leave. Same was true for DNA sequencing. Once scientists began to reveal human genes in the 1980s, they began to wonder, why not expose the entire human genetic code?

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Topics: Genomics

A Stellar-is Year in the Making

Posted on Wed, Dec 07, 2016 @ 08:05 AM

 It wouldn't be fair to close out 2016 without showcasing the stellar year that Stellaris® RNA FISH has had. Take a closer look at our top 10 highlights from the past year - mind blowing images are only the beginning!

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Topics: Stellaris, Product Information, Genomics, RNA FISH

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