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Advancing PCR and Its Applications in Viruses and Microbes Detection

45 minutes + live Q&A

Key Questions We Will Answer

  1. Understanding the different types of PCR (End-Point, Sybr, TaqMan).
  2. PCR and its applications in detecting viruses (HIV, COVID-19, Tuberculosis) and microbes (e. Coli, Cholera, Staphylococcus Aureus).
  3. Why PCR was chosen as the golden standard for COVID-19 detection.
  4. How to address PCR challenges and more.


Polymerase Chain Reaction, or PCR, is a powerful and precise laboratory technique for detecting and amplifying target DNA sequences that use gene-specific primers, ionic salts, and various other buffers along with a cycle of temperatures. PCR has many applications, but it gained vast popularity during the COVID-19 pandemic for its role in infectious disease research.

Oftentimes, scientists face challenges regarding turnaround time, the detection of infectious disease pathogens from challenging sample types, sample processing costs and other issues that hinder efficiency and productivity. Luckily, PCR allows for viral detection at extremely low concentrations, therefore requiring reduced sample sizes while providing a high degree of accuracy.

In this webinar, we will discuss the use of PCR for detecting viruses and microbes, the role PCR plays in disease surveillance and how it has been used to keep infectious outbreaks under control. Register for this FREE MasterClass to learn key PCR fundamentals and get essential tips for your daily practice.

About the Speakers

Michael Earle

Michael Earle is an experienced chemist with a bachelor of science honors from Brock University. He started his journey in the biotech industry at Norgen Biotek as a research associate. Currently, Michael is the Molecular Diagnostics (MDx) Supervisor and contributes to Norgen’s R&D department by helping meet the global demands of the scientific community. Michael excels in many fields of biology and has extensive experience with PCR services and products, DNA/RNA isolations, bacterial cloning, plasmid minipreps/maxipreps, and silco design of TaqMan PCR assays to detect or quantify target specimens. Furthermore, he is responsible for facilitating research projects directed toward producing MDx kits, developing new diagnostic kits, and establishing standard operating procedures in the manufacturing and quality control new products. Join Michael on Wednesday, November 16th, to learn about PCR’s role in detecting viruses and microbes!