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8 Reasons Labs Rely on Digital and Quantitative PCR
Find out what roles both qPCR and dPCR play in today’s academic, industry, and clinical research labs.
Nearly a third of researchers queried are looking to add digital PCR (dPCR) tools to their labs in the coming year, according to a recent survey by market analysis firm Frost & Sullivan. The much-valued technology provides absolute counts of target nucleic acids, as well as increased sensitivity, precision, and reproducibility over quantitative real-time PCR, or qPCR.
So does this mean it’s time to say goodbye to qPCR? Not quite. Researchers have long relied on qPCR to quickly and accurately detect and quantify target DNA, and it remains the current gold standard for nucleic acid quantification.
When it comes to polymerase chain reaction technologies, it’s not a matter of “either, or.” Rather, both qPCR and dPCR have a solid role in today’s academic, industry, and clinical research labs. Here’s why.
George Karlin-Neuman, Ph.D., is director of scientific affairs at Bio-Rad’s Digital Biology Center. Rachel Scott, Ph.D., is the amplification instruments business unit marketing manager at Bio-Rad Laboratories. For more information on qPCR and dPCR, visit this site. Also, be sure to check out GEN's article "Use of Digital PCR Ramping Up" for even more on dPCR.
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