Xingchun Zhao

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It has been a challenge to extract DNA from bones previously soaked in water, burned, or buried for a long time, due to the reduced quality and quantity of DNA in the bone samples. The dramatic degradation of the DNA and the presence of PCR inhibitors in the collagen significantly complicate the process of DNA identification in dated and charred bones. In(More)
Search for traces: Aptamer-bound Au nanoparticles (Au NPs) were used to provide high-resolution dark-field microscopy images of latent fingerprints (LFPs) with level 2 and level 3 details. Furthermore, the cocaine-induced aggregation of Au NPs results in a true green-to-red color change of the scattered light, providing a quasi-quantative method to identify(More)
Here, we have demonstrated an ultra-high sensitive detection platform with the detection limit of 5pM for an environmental toxin-Pb(2+). We designed a Pb(2+) triggered exonuclease aided DNA recycling system to improve the detection sensitivity. In our system, a Pb(2+) dependent 8-17 DNAzyme and its substrate were used to form hybridization duplex. In the(More)
A novel fluorescent single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) assay was developed by using Graphene Oxide (GO), which provides a fast, sensitive and simple method for SNP detection. The strategy was based on the single base extension reaction and different absorption capacity of fluorescein labeled dGTP (dGTP-Fl) and double-stranded DNA (dsDNA) to GO. dGTP-Fl is(More)
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