How do SARS-CoV-2 variants affect PCR assays for COVID-19 testing?

How do SARS-CoV-2 variants affect PCR assays for COVID-19 testing?

Researchers have identified several variants of SARS-CoV-2 since they sequenced the original viral strain responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic from clinical samples in Wuhan, China. Four variants, UK (B1.1.7), B1.1.7 +E484K, South African (B1.351, 501v2) and Brazilian (B1.1.28, P1), are of particular concern. The United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warns that these variants have the potential to...

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Advancing aquaculture breeding programmes with genomic tools

Posted on Tue, Jun 15, 2021 @ 09:15 AM

The global demand for fish and fish products continues to increase as consumers focus on health-conscious ways to add ...
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Topics: Genomics, AgBio, Aquaculture

Genomic surveillance: 3 techniques to detect and characterise SARS-CoV-2 variants

Posted on Wed, May 19, 2021 @ 09:34 AM

As the global population gains greater access to vaccines for COVID-19, scientists and health officials continue to ...
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Topics: Molecular Diagnostics, Genomics, Coronavirus, MDx, SARS-CoV-2, Variants

Best practices for implementing targeted genotyping by sequencing

Posted on Wed, Dec 02, 2020 @ 08:53 AM

In breeding programmes, selections based on a single or small number of markers to target traits in marker assisted ...
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Topics: Genomics, AgBio, Genomic Selection, Marker Assisted Selection, Targeted Genotyping, Targeted Genotyping by Sequencing

Building resilience into SARS-CoV-2 testing workflows: considerations for choosing an RNA isolation method

Posted on Wed, Oct 21, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

As we start to close in on a full year of the COVID-19 pandemic, molecular diagnostics labs are still facing supply ...
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Topics: Molecular Diagnostics, Genomics, Coronavirus

How high-throughput genotyping automation and KASP marker libraries connect research labs with commercial breeders to accelerate crop improvement

Posted on Wed, Oct 07, 2020 @ 09:31 AM

“In July of 2015, I was a member of the radish genome project team. My task was to examine genetic diversity of radish ...
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Topics: Genomics, Genotyping, KASP

Employee spotlight: Meet Darshna "Dusty" Vyas

Posted on Mon, Sep 14, 2020 @ 08:15 AM

Darshna "Dusty" Vyas has been a Senior Scientist at LGC specialising in plant genetics for the past 8 years Her ...
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Topics: Agrigenomics, Genomics, KASP

Pressing COVID-19 testing issues of today and the near future

Posted on Wed, Aug 26, 2020 @ 07:57 AM

Following up with the panelists from our recent COVID-19 webinar, Part 3 of 3 In the previous two blog posts in this ...
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Topics: Molecular Diagnostics, Genomics, Coronavirus

Sensitivity and accuracy in COVID-19 testing

Posted on Wed, Aug 19, 2020 @ 07:56 AM

Following up with the panelists from our recent COVID-19 webinar, Part 2 of 3 In the face of a rapidly evolving ...
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Topics: Molecular Diagnostics, Genomics, Coronavirus

Scaling up COVID-19 viral testing

Posted on Wed, Aug 12, 2020 @ 07:47 AM

Following up with the panelists from our recent COVID-19 webinar, Part 1 of 3 The COVID-19 pandemic has presented ...
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Topics: Molecular Diagnostics, Genomics, Coronavirus

Enabling a rapid response to COVID-19 by Honeywell and LGC, Biosearch Technologies

Posted on Wed, Jul 29, 2020 @ 12:40 PM

As countries worldwide begin to ease lockdown restrictions during the pandemic and prepare to return to “normal” ...
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Topics: Molecular Diagnostics, Genomics, qPCR, Coronavirus

Establishment of KASP marker library for genetic diversity analysis in Brassica rapa  crops

Posted on Tue, Jul 14, 2020 @ 08:17 AM

Brassica  rapa crops are important sources of food, feed, and fuel in many parts of the world and provide a unique ...
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Topics: Agrigenomics, Genomics, KASP

Robust supply chains and open testing systems: How our AgBio roots meet the FDA's EUA process to enable solutions to the COVID-19 pandemic

Posted on Tue, May 19, 2020 @ 08:18 AM

It may seem strange that a company known for transforming the global seed breeding industry is uniquely positioned to ...
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Topics: Molecular Diagnostics, Genomics, qPCR, Coronavirus

Behind the scenes: How our oligo synthesis team contributes to the reliability of your assays

Posted on Thu, Apr 30, 2020 @ 02:13 PM

We’re not rejecting you, just your oligo PCR is arguably one of the most enabling technologies of modern molecular ...
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Topics: Molecular Diagnostics, Genomics, Coronavirus, Oligo synthesis

Expanded SeqSNP support with new NGS lab in Middleton, WI

Posted on Tue, Apr 14, 2020 @ 09:15 AM

LGC, Biosearch Technologies is excited to announce the expansion of SeqSNP targeted genotyping by sequencing (GBS) ...
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Topics: Agrigenomics, Genomics, GBS, SeqSNP, Genotyping by Sequencing (GBS), Targeted Genotyping by Sequencing

New NGS service lab now open in Middleton, WI for expanded global support

Posted on Wed, Apr 01, 2020 @ 09:27 AM

Back in September 2018, LGC acquired Lucigen Corporation. The ISO accredited site is based in Middleton, Wisconsin and ...
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Topics: Genomics, Targeted Genotyping, Next Generation Sequencing (NGS)

Addressing COVID-19 together: LGC, Biosearch Technologies and Shanghai Liferiver Biotechnology Co., Ltd.

Posted on Tue, Mar 31, 2020 @ 10:13 AM

In the nearly three months since the first confirmed case of COVID-19, the outbreak has become a global crisis, with ...
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Topics: Molecular Diagnostics, Custom Oligos, Genomics, Coronavirus

What diagnostic test makers and CLIA labs in the US need to know about Emergency Use Authorization (EUA)

Posted on Tue, Mar 24, 2020 @ 11:58 AM

*Since the original publication of this blog, LGC, Biosearch Technologies is now the only acceptable commercial ...
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Topics: Molecular Diagnostics, Genomics, Coronavirus

Coronavirus outbreak: Collaboration to meet the challenge

Posted on Mon, Mar 16, 2020 @ 12:30 PM

Coronavirus, or COVID-19, is an infectious virus that is spreading rapidly around the world and the World Health ...
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Topics: Molecular Diagnostics, Genomics, Coronavirus

Molecular diagnostics: how can NGS live up to its promises?

Posted on Wed, Jan 29, 2020 @ 09:37 AM

The development of new genomic sequencing techniques and bioinformatics analysis in the last decade has led to massive ...
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Topics: Molecular Diagnostics, Genomics, Genotyping, Next Generation Sequencing (NGS)

Back to basics - the crucial step of sample collection

Posted on Wed, Jan 15, 2020 @ 09:37 AM

Best practice in sample collection for SeqSNP targeted genotyping by sequencing projects When good goes in, great comes ...
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Topics: Genomics, Genotyping, Sequencing, SeqSNP

Genomic selection: can it accelerate livestock breeding?

Posted on Wed, May 01, 2019 @ 08:44 AM

Livestock supports the livelihoods and food security of almost 1.3 billion people worldwide, contributing 40% of the ...
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Topics: Agrigenomics, Genomics, Genomic Selection, Targeted Genotyping, Next Generation Sequencing (NGS), Genotyping by Sequencing (GBS), Microarrays, Arrays, Genomic Library, Targeted Genotyping by Sequencing

The women of LGC, Biosearch Technologies

Posted on Fri, Mar 29, 2019 @ 09:24 AM

 We've heard it said for years, "TV will rot your brain". But in the case of our three colleagues below, that ...
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Topics: Genomics

Agrigenomics: how can NGS contribute to global food security?

Posted on Wed, Mar 06, 2019 @ 08:33 AM

“Experience of artificial fertilisation, such as is effected with ornamental plants in order to obtain new variations ...
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Topics: Agrigenomics, Genomics, Sequencing, KASP, Genomic Selection, Targeted Genotyping, Next Generation Sequencing (NGS), Genotyping by Sequencing (GBS), Microarrays, Crop Breeding

A way to prevent type 1 diabetes?

Posted on Wed, Feb 13, 2019 @ 08:08 AM

Blindness, cardiovascular disease, and stroke are all long-term health problems that can be caused by type 1 diabetes ...
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Topics: Genomics, Genotyping, Diabetes

How targeted GBS-driven genomic selection can help you get to market faster

Posted on Wed, Jan 16, 2019 @ 11:22 AM

Plant and animal breeding programs often take generations to improve quality and yield but using a genotyping protocol ...
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Topics: Genomics, Genomic Selection, Targeted Genotyping, Next Generation Sequencing (NGS), Genotyping by Sequencing (GBS), Animal Breeding, Genomic Library

Genomic selection: methods in crop and animal breeding

Posted on Wed, Jan 09, 2019 @ 08:48 AM

Genomic selection: 6 factors to consider when choosing between targeted GBS and microarrays
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Topics: Genomics, Sequencing, Targeted Genotyping

Revolutionising cancer treatment one Array at a time

Posted on Tue, Jul 10, 2018 @ 09:05 AM

While the science of pharmacogenomics has been around for years, its popularity is starting to pick up steam as ...
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Topics: Genomics, IntelliQube, Pharmacogenomics

Pack it up, pack it in, let me begin: A look at the future of DNA data storage

Posted on Thu, Jun 28, 2018 @ 09:13 AM

Imagine a time capsule the size of a shoebox that holds all the information currently on the internet that can be ...
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Topics: Genomics, DNA

Warning! Pitfalls ahead: How to avoid the most common Stellaris RNA FISH mistakes

Posted on Tue, May 29, 2018 @ 08:32 AM

Ever wake up in the morning just feeling like a rock star, or maybe like Francis Crick, Rosalind Franklin or Maurice ...
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Topics: Genomics, Stellaris

Seven of the hottest topics at PAG 2018

Posted on Tue, May 08, 2018 @ 08:00 AM

Visiting PAG is exhilarating, energising and somewhat overwhelming. With over 3000 leading plant and animal genetics ...
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Topics: Genomics, AgBio, Genotyping, CRISPR

Shining a light on gene expression and regulation one cell at a time

Posted on Thu, Apr 19, 2018 @ 10:51 AM

To truly understand complex diseases such as cancer, scientists need access to tools that don’t just average data ...
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Topics: RNA FISH, Genomics, Stellaris

The Women of LGC

Posted on Thu, Mar 29, 2018 @ 08:45 AM

Ask any little girl what they want to be when they grow up and you may hear things like, princess, ballerina, pop star, ...
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Topics: Genomics

In case you missed it: Stellaris RNA FISH lunch-and-learn

Posted on Tue, Jan 16, 2018 @ 08:35 AM

Stellaris® RNA FISH (fluorescence in situ hybridization) is an RNA visualization method that allows simultaneous ...
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Topics: Genomics, Stellaris

Tackling food crisis through cost effective, target enriched sequencing

Posted on Wed, Dec 13, 2017 @ 08:07 AM

With the global population predicted to reach 9 billion people within the next 35 years, we will need to double the ...
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Topics: Agrigenomics, Genomics, AgBio, Genomic Selection, SeqSNP, Marker Assisted Selection, MAS

New SNPs identified in the hunt for new genetic weapons targeting leaf rust in wheat

Posted on Tue, Nov 21, 2017 @ 09:25 AM

Wheat is one of the three most important crops for human and livestock feed. With an ever-increasing global population, ...
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Topics: Agrigenomics, Genomics, KASP

Super-crops helping to feed Africa

Posted on Fri, Nov 03, 2017 @ 09:08 AM

Our world population is growing at a tremendous rate and by 2050, Africa’s population alone is set to hit over 2.5 ...
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Topics: Agrigenomics, Genomics, KASP

How genotyping is aiding in the fight against malaria

Posted on Wed, Sep 20, 2017 @ 08:11 AM

3.2 billion people across 106 countries and territories, live in areas at risk of malaria transmission. The serious and ...
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Topics: Genomics, IntelliQube, Genotyping, Malaria

Lunch & Learn: Stellaris RNA FISH

Posted on Thu, Jul 06, 2017 @ 08:07 AM

Recently LGC Genomics hosted a lunch and learn Stellaris® seminar at the Helen Diller Cancer Institute at UCSF with our ...
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Topics: Genomics, Stellaris

Stem cell research and genomic initiatives highlighted at DNA Day celebration

Posted on Tue, May 09, 2017 @ 08:42 AM

International DNA day celebrates the successful completion of the Human Genome Project in 2003 and the discovery of ...
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Topics: Genomics

It’s official! Personal Health becomes first China demonstration laboratory site for LGC’s Nexar System

Posted on Wed, May 03, 2017 @ 07:05 AM

LGC's Genomics Division has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Chinese health management expert Personal ...
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Topics: Announcement, Genomics, High-Throughput

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 ...
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Topics: Genomics, Genotyping, KASP

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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Topics: Genomics, Genotyping, Sequencing, GBS

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 ...
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Topics: Genomics, Douglas Scientific, IntelliQube, qPCR

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 ...
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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 ...
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Topics: Product Information, RNA FISH, Genomics, Stellaris

Molded for our Purpose

Posted on Mon, Dec 05, 2016 @ 07:30 AM

With the discovery of the double helix, we learned how genes are copied and how genetic information was passed on. From ...
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Topics: Genomics

Buddy Up: The Double Helix

Posted on Mon, Nov 28, 2016 @ 07:15 AM

The secret of life. That’s what Francis Crick and James Watson claimed they had discovered back in Cambridge, England ...
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Topics: Genomics

Genes, Proteins & DNA: Our Hereditary Software

Posted on Mon, Nov 21, 2016 @ 07:17 AM

In the early 1900s, scientists found that the function of genes was to make proteins, disproving the earlier idea that ...
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Topics: Genomics

"X" Marks the Spot: A Closer Look at Chromosomes

Posted on Mon, Nov 14, 2016 @ 07:28 AM

The strands of DNA in your cells are organized into pieces called chromosomes. Chromosomes are further organized into ...
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Topics: Genomics

The Art of Neuroscience

Posted on Tue, Oct 11, 2016 @ 12:17 PM

Neuroscientists are renowned for working across a number of fields spanning the life sciences and social sciences as ...
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Topics: Genomics, Contest, Neuroscience

Excel Autocorrect Fails the Genomics Community - Are your Results Excellent or Excel-not?

Posted on Thu, Sep 08, 2016 @ 09:30 AM

Researchers from the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute in Melbourne, Australia have blamed a default autocorrect ...
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Topics: Genomics, Data, Research

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