Viability PCR – the next level in PCR-based pathogen testing

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20 November 2014

About this webinar

This webinar introduces viability PCR as a fast and powerful tool to analyze food samples for the presence of potentially harmful microbes. Viability real-time PCR uses the DNA-masking compound propidium monoazide (PMA). PMA enters dead and membrane-compromised pathogen cells and binds to DNA, making the DNA inaccessible to detection by PCR. Live/dead differentiation is important for procedures such as: hygiene testing (success of decontamination processes), water testing (distinguishing between live and dead legionella for regulatory compliance), and several other important applications.

Keynote speaker

Dr. Marcia Armstrong
Global Scientific Affairs Manager

Dr. Marcia Armstrong obtained her doctorate in nutrition from the Harvard School of Public Health. After a post-doctoral research fellowship in the Gastroenterology Department at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School, she became an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physiology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She has been with QIAGEN for 20 years and is currently Global Scientific Affairs Manager with the food safety testing team.

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