Research team proposes extracting genetic material for research and diagnostics from urine
Urine is an everyday liquid which most people pay little attention to and regard as rather unpleasant. However, a group of clinical researchers from the Insitute of Clinical Molecular Biology at Kiel University, the University Medical Center Schleswig-Holstein (UKSH) and the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences in Kaunas, are very interested in the yellowish fluid. The reason for this is the genetic material that urine contains – especially the so-called cell-free DNA - which offers new opportunities for cancer diagnostics. Read their new publication in BioTechniques and the Kiel University press release for more details.
Greta Streleckiene, Hayley M Reid, Norbert Arnold, Dirk Bauerschlag, Michael Forster (2018): Quantifying cell free DNA in urine: comparison between commercial kits, impact of gender and inter-individual variation BioTechniques DOI: 10.2144/btn-2018-0003