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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: Product Information, RNA FISH, Genomics, Stellaris

Imaging Stellaris Assays Part III: Creating Professional, Publication-ready Images

Posted on Thu, Mar 10, 2016 @ 02:00 PM

Here is the final installment of our “Imaging Stellaris Assays” blog series. In our two previous posts, we’ve gone over microscope hardware and image acquisition.  In this article, we will walk you through some simple downstream image processing that will turn your raw Z-stack images into spectacular-looking, publication-ready images.

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Topics: RNA FISH

Welcome to the Stellaris® Citation Center

Posted on Thu, Feb 11, 2016 @ 02:16 PM


We have recently released a Stellaris® RNA FISH Citation Center to make it easy to find publications related to your areas of interest. Incredibly, a full third of these hundreds of papers are published in Nature, Science, or Cell, indicating both the tremendously high quality of our customer’s work as well as the potential value of including Stellaris RNA FISH in your publications. The number of citing publications is growing precipitously each year and now includes a wealth of protocols, references, and technologies including super-resolution and STORM microscopy, whole mount, targets including viruses and plants, CLARITY, and other cutting edge applications. The citation center is updated several times a month to ensure that the most recent publications are always available.

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Topics: RNA FISH

Designing Stellaris RNA FISH Probes Part I: Increasing Probe Count

Posted on Thu, Jan 14, 2016 @ 02:00 PM

Stellaris® RNA FISH is a novel technology that allows for the detection of single or clustered RNAs in fixed cells and tissue. Multiple unique probes with similar stability are designed to hybridize along the length of a single RNA target and upon hybridization, generate a fluorescent signal. LGC Biosearch Technologies offers customers a web-based, free, and easy to use software for Stellaris RNA FISH Probe design. The probe designer takes an input sequence, such as an mRNA coding sequence, and outputs a set of up to 48 probes designed for optimal binding properties.

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Topics: RNA FISH

Imaging Stellaris Assays Part II: How to Acquire Stunning Images

Posted on Thu, Sep 24, 2015 @ 02:30 PM

Here we continue our “Imaging Stellaris Assays” blog series.  We last left off talking about the most important components: the microscope and the hardware features necessary to detect your Stellaris signal. In this blog article, we will walk you through the technique of finding your cells and acquiring a sharp and stunning image. 

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Topics: RNA FISH

Runaway RNA Stays Put

Posted on Thu, Sep 17, 2015 @ 02:00 PM

The cleavage and polyadenylation event, the final trimming in the molecular mRNA barbershop, normally releases both the finished styled mRNA, and the stylist. But, in salt-stressed cells, as there are fewer transcription starts, the polymerase stays busy, and keeps on going, and going, down the template strand as if there were no end in sight. Then, as the cell has finished acclimatizing to the new environment, and as promoter-guided gene transcription starts up again, the previously unwanted RNA growth can now serve as a guide for the barber to find a chair with a new customer in need of styling. RNA-style. Cap first, then splice, and lastly, trim the ends.

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Topics: RNA FISH

Imaging Stellaris Assays Part I: Get to Know Your Microscope

Posted on Thu, Aug 27, 2015 @ 05:00 PM

Stellaris® FISH is an RNA detection technology performed by means of in situ hybridization. This technology and all of the incredible applications it supports would not exist without a detection tool. The detector in this scenario is a fluorescence microscope. 

The microscope is the single major limitation for scientists who are new to the Stellaris technology. The reason being – well, this is a new technology and fluorescence microscopes are not ordinary instruments found in every lab across the country. These are highly intricate, sensitive, and costly pieces of real estate that reside primarily in core laboratories to provide additional interrogation of biological systems through optics. With that said, every microscope system is unique. In other words, it’s not a packaged deal, but rather entirely customized. From the nuts and bolts of the hardware to the software that coordinates all your movements, every piece is different from one lab to the next. Streamlining a protocol for each and every combination of system imaginable would be impractical. So whether your lab uses Nikon, Leica, Olympus, Zeiss, or something else, this blog article is intended to share fundamental microscope requirements to help you obtain a great Stellaris image.

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Topics: RNA FISH

And the Consensus (Sequence) is...

Posted on Thu, Jun 11, 2015 @ 02:31 PM

Studying the expression level of RNA transcripts is often complicated by the fact that many DNA sequences are transcribed into multiple RNA isoforms. Or, in cases with microbes, each strain can represent a different sequence variant due to the frequency of mutations in these organisms. Despite these complications, it is still possible (in some, but not all, cases) to design a functional assay to detect multiple variants or isoforms of a gene or transcript. In other words, design one assay to specifically detect multiple targets. In this article, we will go over the basics of designing your assay to detect multiple transcripts at once.

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Topics: Real-time PCR, RNA FISH

Research Highlight: Bringing Vision Research into Focus

Posted on Thu, May 28, 2015 @ 02:14 PM

Gene expression and molecular biology research in vision and ophthalmology presents unique challenges to researchers and clinicians due to the complexity of the eye. The eye consists of many structures containing specific cell populations, each exhibiting different expression profiles. Such an intricate organ requires a series of advanced methods in your molecular toolkit to unlock the mechanisms of degenerative eye disease.

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Topics: RNA FISH

FISH-ing for Fusions: A unique approach to fusion gene mRNA & pre-mRNA detection in cancer

Posted on Fri, May 15, 2015 @ 01:00 PM

This past April, Biosearch attended the American Association of Cancer Research (AACR) conference in Philadelphia, PA where, in collaboration with Byung Chul Kim from Clinomics, Inc, we shed light on the detection of fusion genes by means of Stellaris® RNA FISH. Gene fusions have the potential to activate otherwise silent signaling enzymes, such as the anaplastic lymphoma receptor tyrosine kinase (ALK), leading to significant numbers of lung and other related cancers. This particular gene fusion occurs from inversions on chromosome 2 (inv2(p21p23)), fusing the EML4 and ALK genes and connecting the promoter and 5' half of EML4 (active in normal lung tissue) together with the 3' and kinase encoding half of the otherwise silent ALK gene.

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Topics: RNA FISH

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