Our team has been looking at the global use of chemical probes recently and has noticed that there has been significant growth in the Chinese market over recent years.

The chemical probe citation share for China has tripled between 2013 and 2017, and has occurred across product groups.

The top cited chemical probes in China closely reflect those that are most cited globally – so Chinese researchers aren’t necessarily doing very different work – just more of it than they had previously.

The most cited product is propidium iodide (PI), a fluorescent dye able to bind to DNA, and effectively stain cells. As it is unable to pass through the membrane of live cells it can be used for cell viability analysis, enabling the distinction between necrotic, apoptotic and live cells. Therefore, PI is very commonly used in flow cytometry immunofluorescence, and confocal microscopy.

Product manager Rebecca Sadler has been analysing all of our chemical probe data. She said: “Chinese researchers are doing increasing amounts of work with chemical probes, and are showing particular strength in cancer research and in plant science. Companies looking to expand their chemical probes supply into the Chinese market would do well to look at those products aimed at research in these fields.”

The Institution with the most chemical probe citations in China is Shanghai Jiao Tong University, which has four Schools dedicated to life science related work. While one of these was founded back in 1959, the other three are very new (from 1997 through to 2000), and this expansion likely contributes to the steep growth in products used by the institution as a whole.

Today we’re giving away data for the top five research universities in China using chemical probes, and we’re giving away data on the top ten cited chemical probes from Chinese research, for free.

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