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HERPETIC SIMPLEX KERATITIS

What is Herpetic Simplex Keratitis? Herpetic Simplex Keratitis (HSK) is an eye infection of the cornea, the clear dome that covers the front of the iris and pupil. It is also known as Herpes Simplex Keratitis. What are the symptoms of Herpetic Simplex Keratitis? Some common symptoms include: Eye pain Tearing Redness Blurry vision Sensitivity …

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BRIEF HISTORY OF INFLUENZA

Human Influenza A/PR/8/34 (H1N1) Virus  What is the history of Influenza? Records show that the flu has been around for at least 1,500 years. The history of influenza begins with Hippocrates (5th century BC) who first reported that an influenza-like illness spread from Northern Greece to the islands south and elsewhere. In the 1300s, a …

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RNA HYGIENE (PART III) – THE MIS-USE OF RNASE INHIBITOR PROTEINS

RNase Inhibitor proteins (RI) by their very nature have an unusual dichotomy. Although they can be quite effective in binding RNases and preventing RNA degradation, they can also be the cause of RNA degradation if they are mis-handled. Although this at first seems counter-intuitive, the explanation is very straight-forward. Some RNases (RNase A and RNase …

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RNA HYGIENE (PART II) – THE USE OF RNASE INHIBITOR PROTEINS

As noted in our previous post, RNases are the number one enemy of RNA stability. So how do you keep your RNA intact when these ubiquitous molecules infiltrate your precious sample? Enter the Ribonuclease inhibitors (RI). These proteins are offered commercially under names like RNaseOUT and RNasin. They originate from different animal sources (mouse, pig, …

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RNA HYGIENE (PART I) – RNASES AND YOUR RNA HYGIENE (CLEANING SOLUTIONS)

RNA Hygiene Microblog Series Introduction Novel techniques are being developed every day for use with RNA to help achieve more insightful results. This monthly microblog series will share an array of tips and techniques for hygienically working with RNA that the molecular lab newbie, as well as the 30-year RNA veteran researcher, will find helpful. …

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FROM KISSES TO CANCER | EPSTEIN-BARR VIRUS | BURKITT’S LYMPHOMA AND OTHER CANCERS

You may have heard about the link between Epstein-Barr virus and Burkitt’s lymphoma. Did you know that it is associated with a lot of other malignancies as well? In today’s blog we look at the history of EBV, its link with cancer, and a hopeful new treatment that may curb the spread of the virus. …

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