nucleic acid amplification

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the process of making larger, such as the increase of an auditory or visual stimulus, as a means of improving its perception.
DNA amplification artificial increase in the number of copies of a particular DNA fragment into millions of copies through replication of the segment into which it has been cloned, a type of nucleic acid amplification.
gene amplification a process by which the number of copies of a gene is increased in certain cells because extra copies of DNA are made in response to certain signals of cell development or of stress from the environment. In humans this process is seen most often in malignant cells.
nucleic acid amplification amplification of a specific nucleic acid sequence, such as to test for presence of a given virus or bacteria in a sample. Types include DNA amplification, ligase chain reaction, and polymerase chain reaction.
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Corbett recently settled a 2007 infringement suit brought by Idaho Technologies and the University of Utah Research Foundation regarding eight nucleic acid amplification patents (US Patent Nos.
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CHICAGO -- Investigational assays for detection of Chlamydia trachomatis and Neisseria gonorrhoeae via self-collected vaginal swabs are equivalent in their high accuracy to nucleic acid amplification tests already approved by the Food and Drug Administration for detection of symptomatic and asymptomatic infections in women.
Urine specimens that have not been processed for LCx[R] resting can be tested by using another FDA-cleared nucleic acid amplification test.
The unique ID NOW isothermal nucleic acid amplification technology provides molecular results in just minutes, allowing clinicians to make effective clinical decisions during a patient visit, added the company.
With the advent of polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and other nucleic acid amplification methods, it became possible to detect many viral and bacterial organisms directly from a patient specimen.
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