25 No. 6
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||Announcements of conferences, symposia, workshops, meetings, and other upcoming activities.
3–6 March 2004, Freising-Weihenstephan, Germany
The 1st International qPCR Symposium & Application Workshop will be held 3–6 March 2004 at the Center of Life Science in Freising Weihenstephan, Technische Universität München.
The polymerase chain reaction (PCR) is the most sensitive technique to detect low-abundance mRNA and minute amounts of DNA typically present in tissue samples. Real-time reverse transcription PCR (qPCR or kinetic RT-PCR) is rapidly becoming the method of choice for quantitative gene expression analysis and molecular diagnostics owing to its high sensitivity, excellent reproducibility, and wide dynamic quantification range. However, this ultra-high sensitivity makes qPCR susceptible to experimental error, variations in experimental protocols, and the presence of contaminants in complex biological samples. Successful applications of qPCR require understanding of the practical problems associated with sample handling, including careful experimental design, assay optimization, appropriate validation, and proper data treatment.
The symposium will focus on all aspects of qPCR technology and its applications in research and diagnostics. Leading academic researchers and industrial contributors in the field will participate in the symposium, which will provide an arena for fruitful discussions between researchers of different backgrounds. More than 35 internationally renowned speakers will be participating in a lively and exciting program, enabling the valuable exchange of information in the qPCR field.
The symposium and associated Application Workshop offers an overview of the present knowledge and future developments in qPCR technology and its wide applications. The Workshop will offer hands-on training by leading experts in qPCR. Parallel to the symposium, an industrial exhibition will take place, featuring real-time PCR cyclers, kit producers, nucleic acid purification systems, enzyme producers, plasticware suppliers, and others.
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