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The Workings of Molecular Diagnostic Testing and its Uses

The Workings of Molecular Diagnostic Testing and its Uses

When discussing new-age diagnostics, one often hears terms like molecular testing. This revolutionary technique, also known as molecular diagnostics (MDx), molecular pathology or molecular biology, has become critical in medical laboratories as the foundation of disease diagnostics. This is true, especially in the case of the COVID-19 pandemic. Remember the term RT-PCR? Real-Time or Reverse…

Methods for purifying and analysing proteins via western blotting

Methods for purifying and analysing proteins via western blotting

For many years, the western blotting technique has been a primary method in molecular biology and techniques like proteomics (the large-scale study of proteomes: a set of proteins produced in an organism, system, or biological context). Given that western blot is a multistep process, often requires specialist interpretation and potential errors and variations occurring at…

Performance Assessment of Blood Screening Assays: Early Dynamics of Hepatitis B Virus (HBV)-DNA and Surface Antigen (HBsAg) in Ramp-Up Phase of Viremia

Performance Assessment of Blood Screening Assays: Early Dynamics of Hepatitis B Virus  (HBV)-DNA and Surface Antigen (HBsAg) in Ramp-Up Phase of Viremia

In one of our previous articles, we talked about Hepatitis C, a serious liver disease caused by the hepatitis C virus (HCV) and exposed the severity of HCV and HIV co-infection. Today we discuss Hepatitis B, also a liver infection that is caused by the hepatitis B virus (HBV). Hepatitis B is a viral infection…

Choosing the Best Bacterial Strain Selections for Your Laboratory

Choosing the Best Bacterial Strain Selections for Your Laboratory

Bacteria are naturally found microbes that are integral to our ecology. They are not only vital for our health and our environment, but they also play an essential role in the field of biomedical research and experiments to understand health and disease. By harnessing the properties of specific bacterial strains, laboratories can grow bacterial cultures…

What are the phases of the HIV timeline?

What are the phases of the HIV timeline?

When discussing Human Immunodeficiency Virus or HIV, the first reactions received are often shock and fear. Generally, our notions about this disease stem from misinformation regarding its transmission and treatments. It is fair to say that most of us assume that HIV is the same as Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome or AIDS. But did you know…