PCR

  • How is RT-PCR used to diagnose COVID-19?

    It’s fast, reliable and full of lines – but might look different to the PCR you learned about in ...

    We have talked about polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests before. But the ‘in the wild’ diagnostic methods are sligh...

    Biology September 14, 2021
  • Even koalas need a virus PCR test

    A new PCR test offers hope for threatened koalas.

    As if they weren’t struggling enough from predators and loss of habitat, koalas also suffer from a virus unique to th...

    Animals July 28, 2021
  • Previewing data stored in DNA

    A new technique allows researchers to ‘preview’ DNA strands without sequencing them entirely.

    DNA stores tremendous amounts of genetic information, but it also has a lot of potential for storing digital data. It...

    Biology June 10, 2021
  • PCR: the reaction that changed biology

    COVID testing has seen the technique called Polymerase Chain Reaction enter the lexicon, but few ...

    By now many of us have felt it – the surprising, invasive sensation of a long-handled cotton bud being shoved through...

    Biology May 21, 2021
  • Explainer

    What is a PCR test?

    The standard technique for detecting SARS-CoV-2 is incredibly useful in other places too.

    PCR was an acronym that dominated the news in 2020. What is the technique, how useful is it, and what does it tell us...

    Biology April 27, 2021
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