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Whitepaper: PCR: What, why and how?

Posted: 16 March 2018 | | No comments yet

Advancements in rapid molecular methods have revolutionised pathogen detection in food safety…

While culture methods still serve as the ‘gold standard’ in the industry, newer technologies promise to deliver equal detection sensitivity in a significantly shorter time.

This series of articles will discuss one of the most popular rapid methods measuring nucleic acids.

Nucleic acids, including DNA and RNA are biomolecules that are an integral part of all living cells. This ubiquitous nature makes them excellent indicators for the presence of life forms, including pathogenic microorganisms.

The Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) is an amplification technique that generates thousands of copies of a targeted DNA region in a few hours. This makes PCR a powerful tool for detection of specific bacteria such as pathogens.

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