Publication date: August 2012
About the author
Professor Stephen Bustin BA(Mod) PhD FSB obtained his PhD from Trinity College Dublin and has been working with PCR since 1987. He acquired his first qPCR instrument in 1997 and has published numerous peer-reviewed papers that describe and use this technology. He wrote and edited the “A-Z of Quantitative PCR” (2004), universally acknowledged as the “qPCR Bible” and more recently “The PCR Revolution” (2011). He also led the international consortium that drew up the MIQE guidelines (2009) and is in constant demand as a speaker and teacher at international qPCR meetings and workshops. At the 2007 Autism trial at the Office of Special Masters of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims he was an expert witness for the Department of Justice in the Cedillo v. Secretary of Health and Human Services case (#98-916V). On February 12, 2009, the court ruled in three test cases that the combination of the MMR vaccine and thiomersal (thimerosal)-containing vaccines were not to blame for autism, decisions upheld on appeal.