Punjab scientist finds new technology for DNA amplification

CHANDIGARH: Exploring the role of a parallel DNA in a living cell, a scientist from Punjab has claimed to have developed a new technique for its amplification, saying that the research will help to find better remedial solution for Cancer, TB, AIDS and other fatal diseases.

This is a development for new “Parallel DNA Polymerase Chain Reaction (PD-PCR)” for two different products from a DNA template, Dr Vikash Bhardwaj said.

“This technology has allowed life scientists to advance their understanding of various phenomena occurring in a living cell,” he said.

The findings were published in the F1000 Research journal, UK.

Bhardwaj said that “it has already had a major impact on life science and is a well-recognised tool in forensic sciences. It is also being widely used to study various diseases including Cancer, TB, AIDS”.

In a conventional PCR, DNA is amplified millions of times as it is in original form. However, going further, Dr Bhardwaj of a private university in Punjab, has researched on DNA and developed a new PD-PCR technique which claims synthesis of a new DNA having polarity opposite to the template used.

“This new knowledge will definitely open a way in better understanding of remedies for fatal diseases with more probes,” he says.

Dr Bhardwaj shares “even with the discovery of DNA in 1868, it took near 85 years to universally accept DNA as a key molecule that contains all information necessary to build and maintain an organism. Initially, it was really challenging for me to think beyond conventional knowledge.”

“I have now explored the role of ‘Parallel DNA’ and developed a novel technique for its amplification. So, this research will further help researchers to find better solutions to eradicate fatal diseases like cancer, tuberculosis, AIDS and more,” he says.

PCR is a technology that has allowed researchers to advance their understanding of various phenomenons occurring in a living cell.

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