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DNA-Based Diagnostics Primer

DNA-Based Diagnostics Primer is the ultimate guide to the molecular science behind standard diagnostic tools used in research and clinical settings. This primer breaks down the critical technology that drives these diagnostic advancements, including Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR), microarrays, Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS), and microRNA diagnostics. Each diagnostic tool is thoroughly explained, highlighting its purpose, when it is used, and how it harnesses the power of DNA to detect and analyze specific genetic sequences. This class provides a comprehensive understanding of the scientific principles that underpin DNA-based diagnostics. Gain entry into the fast-paced field of DNA-molecular diagnostics by registering for this course today!

Section 1: Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) Technology

Summarizes the use of DNA probes and how PCR technology works as a diagnostic. PCR is the tool that enabled the biotech revolution.

Section 2: Microarray Technology

Explains SNP chip technology and discusses the use of SNP chips in diagnostic applications.

Section 3: Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) Technology

Looks at various next-generation sequencing tools and discusses the omnipotent diagnostic applications these machines offer. 

Section 4: microRNA Technology

Summarizes how microRNA works and its application in diagnostics development.

Five Takeaways


  1. Enumerate the applications and summarize the use of DNA probes in diagnostics.
  2. Explain the scientific principles underlying Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) in diagnostic applications.
  3. State how to interpret microarray results for diagnosing diseases.
  4. Cite the significance of Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS) technologies in the diagnostics industry.
  5. Provide a comprehensive list of the advantages offered by microRNA diagnostic technology.


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  • How long do I have to complete an on-demand course?  You have one year from the date of purchase to complete the course. During that year, you may watch the class an unlimited number of times.
  • What happens if I don’t complete the course in one year?  There are no time extensions. If you want to complete the course, you must purchase it again.
  • How long are the on-demand classes?  Our longest course has a running time of 90 minutes. However, most have a running time of 45 minutes.  The running time is listed for each class on its registration page. The assessment at the end of each course takes between 10-20 minutes to complete.
  • Are there any downloadable class materials? No. All course slides and transcripts remain on your Biotech Primer dashboard, but they are always available for review.
  • What is the format of the on-demand classes?  The online class begins with the class objectives and the course itself and ends with a summary of what you learned. The course is a series of images and text accompanied by a professional voice-over and subtitles. Subtitles are available in 9 languages. The course ends with a quiz to assess your understanding.
  • Can I repeat the course?  You can repeat the course as often as you like within your one-year access.
  • How many times can I take the course quiz?  You have three chances to pass the quiz. A passing score is 75% or higher. You must pass the quiz to receive the class certificate. Your quiz score will be shown on your class certificate.
  • May I share a course I purchased with others?  Each course is to be taken by one individual. If you want to learn as a group, please contact us at for group pricing.

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