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LGC scientist shares expertise at international digital PCR conference

26 Sep 2014
A scientist from the Molecular and Cell Biology team at LGC has been invited to run a training course and give a lecture at a three-day conference in San Diego, USA.
Jim Huggett, Science Leader (Nucleic Acid Metrology), features alongside a host of leading scientists at the event entitled ‘Digital PCR Conference: Technologies and Tools for Precision Diagnostics’
The conference will highlight the capabilities, limitations, and future applications of digital PCR (dPCR), which, due to its ability to precisely quantify/identify mutations and copy number variations and to perform gene expression analysis, “is creating waves across the diagnostics landscape”.
Jim will be running a short course ‘Digital PCR experiment design and primer’ on the first day of the conference to introduce the concept of dPCR and explain how it compares to other molecular methodologies.
He is also chairing a problem solving breakout discussion on day two, in which delegates are invited to discuss sources of error when measuring nucleic acids using dPCR.
On the final day of the conference, Jim will give a lecture, ‘The Application of Digital PCR to Infectious Disease Detection’, explaining that the use of PCR for the routine detection and quantification of bacterial and viral pathogens represents some of the most advanced clinical application of molecular methods today. He will discuss the potential that dPCR could offer for infectious disease detection, highlight current disadvantages and demonstrate some of the key advantages that absolute quantification has when used for the detection of pathogenic microbes.

For more information about the conference, which will be held on 6-8 October in San Diego, and for a full programme of speakers, visit