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Bio-Rad Introduces the ddPCR™ KRAS Screening Multiplex Kit for Cancer Research

Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE: BIO and BIOb) today announced the launch of the ddPCR™ KRAS Screening Multiplex Kit, the latest offering in the company’s Droplet Digital™ PCR line of predesigned, fully wet-lab validated assays. The ddPCR KRAS Screening Multiplex Kit offers improved sensitivity and simultaneous detection of the seven most common KRAS...

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Gene Therapy Has Potential for Increasing Survival of Heart Attack

A 2012 statistic from the European Heart Network found that each year cardiovascular disease (CVD) causes over 4 million deaths in Europe and over 1.9 million deaths in the European Union (EU). It is the cause of 40% of deaths in the EU and is the main cause of death in women in all countries of Europe. It is therefore no surprise that cardiovascular...

Hundreds of Millions of Euros Awarded to European Scientists

Earlier this week, the European Research Council (ERC), announced that it had awarded 328 early career researchers with €485 million in research grants. The grants were awarded to 38 nationalities, hosted in 180 different institutions throughout Europe. In total, there were 3,273 applications across 3 major disciplines, (life sciences, physical sciences...

Why Imagination and Creativity are Essential to Science

Most people think that creativity belongs to art while science deals with the realm of fact. However, Professor Alan Schwabacher argues that both creativity and imagination are just as important to the sciences as they are to the arts. Watch the talk below and let us know if you agree with Prof. Schwabacher’s thesis. Tweet This Post

Easy to Use Nuclear Staining Dye

Bio-Rad Laboratories announced the launch of its PureBlu™ Nuclear Staining Dyes, high purity formulations that simplify nuclear staining for fluorescence imaging experiments. In cell imaging experiments, DNA binding dyes are used to locate a cell’s nucleus. Current offerings of the most commonly used dyes, DAPI and Hoechst 33342, usually require time-consuming...

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New Technique for Unprecedentedly Detailed Images of Mouse Neurons

A bundle of nerves that relays information from touch receptors on the skin to the spinal cord and ultimately the brain, imaged with the new technique.Credit: EMBL/L.CastaldiScientists can now explore nerves in mice in much greater detail than ever before, thanks to an approach developed by scientists at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL)...

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Overcoming Fixation Problems in Flow Cytometry Assays

Bio-Rad Laboratories announced the launch of VivaFix™ Cell Viability Assays, a family of reagents that provide a simple way to identify dead cells in a sample. When stained with VivaFix Dyes, dead cells show at least a 100-fold increase in fluorescence intensity over live cells with no significant loss of fluorescence upon fixation, leading to more...

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