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Feb. 2, 2010
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The Association for Molecular Pathology releases position statement on oversight of laboratory tests
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The Association for Molecular Pathology has released its new position statement on the oversight of laboratory developed tests, a recent focus of debate among policy makers, the laboratory community and other stakeholders. AMP's statement outlines the organization's commitment to providing high quality tests and its recognition of the need for implementation of appropriate oversight mechanisms. The association also met with officials from the United States Food and Drug Administration tasked with reviewing applications for diagnostic devices to inform them of the new position statement and discuss FDA's approach to regulating tests. More

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Study finds blood platelets can reproduce
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In what's described as a groundbreaking discovery, a U.S.-led research team says it found blood platelets have the ability to reproduce in the circulation. The scientists, led by Dr. Hansjorg Schwertz and Professor Andrew Weyrich of the University of Utah's School of Medicine, explained platelets develop from cells found in bone marrow. But because the platelets lack a nucleus where DNA is found, they were previously considered incapable of reproducing themselves. More


Testing tears in clinically isolated syndrome may signal progression
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Tears may one day replace cerebrospinal fluid in diagnosing multiple sclerosis, report researchers. The new isoelectric focusing technique detects oligoclonal bands in eye fluid and investigators say may help more than a third of patients avoid invasive lumbar punctures. More


Vaccine developed by University of Central Florida may fight malaria, cholera
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A University of Central Florida biomedical researcher has developed what promises to be the first low-cost dual vaccine against malaria and cholera. Results from lead scientist Henry Daniell's team research into a vaccine produced from genetically engineered tobacco and lettuce plants were published in January's edition of Plant Biotechnology, the top-ranked journal in the field, according to a UCF release. More

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Impact of risk-reducing strategies in BRCA mutation carriers outlined
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Women who find that they are carriers of BRCA mutations, and therefore at a significantly increased risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer, have a variety of options that they can pursue to reduce that risk. But choosing which option to pursue can be daunting task, especially because some can appear rather drastic, such as surgery in still-healthy women to remove the ovaries and/or breasts. More


Small clusters of islet amyloid polypeptides may contribute to diabetes
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A group led by Dr. Peter C. Butler of the University of California, Los Angeles has discovered that small clusters (oligomers) of islet amyloid polypeptides (IAPPs) may contribute to the onset of type 2 diabetes mellitus. These results are presented in the February 2010 issue of The American Journal of Pathology. More


Bill Gates commits $10 billion for vaccines over the next decade
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Bill and Melinda Gates gave a big hat tip to vaccinations at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Indeed, the pair, who head up the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, said that they will spend an additional $10 billion over the next decade — on top of $4.5 billion already committed — to develop and deliver vaccines to children in the developing world, Reuters reports. More

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Fat tissue may be stem cell source
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Fat tissue, or adipose tissue, may be a promising new source of valuable and easy-to-obtain regenerative cells, researchers in South Korea suggest. Lead study author Dr. Gou Young Koh of the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology in South Korea, says bone marrow is a leading source of adult stem cells, which are increasingly used for research and therapeutic interventions, but extracting the cells can be an arduous and often painful process. More


WHO: H1N1 spreading in some areas but declining overall
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The H1N1 flu is still spreading in North Africa, parts of eastern and southeastern Europe and areas of Asia, but is generally declining, the World Health Organization said. The pandemic virus is still the predominant influenza virus circulating worldwide, posing an increased risk to pregnant women and people with underlying medical conditions such as asthma, it said. More

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