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King Saud University’s Biomarkers Research Program conducted a graduate student workshop last September, an event entitlled Gene Expression using Real Tim PCR Technologoy.

The workshop's focus was on the exploration of the latest developments in gene expression, a process in which genetic code is "interpreted" and the properties of the expression products give rise to the organism's phenotype expression (i.e. the traits of an organism). Expert presentations at the workshop focused on gene expression and the use of “real time” polymerase chain reaction (PCR) technology, which allows scientists to observe the increase in the amount of DNA as it is amplified.

The key speaker was Dr. Gyanendra Tripathi, a noted diabetes and metabolism researcher at the Warwick Medical School of the U.K.’s University of Warwick. Dr. Nasser Al-Daghri, supervisor of the University’s College of Science Research Center, said that the aim of the workshop was to provide graduate students invaluable experience with a variety of techniques being used in the research of biomarkers, which are substances introduced into an organism and used as indicators of diseases or the biological state of an organism.