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Genomic study IDs cervical cancer clues
Harvard Medical School via Bioscience Technology
Researchers from the Boston area, Mexico and Norway have completed a comprehensive genomic analysis of cervical cancer in two patient populations. The study identified recurrent genetic mutations not previously found in cervical cancer, including at least one for which targeted treatments have been approved for other forms of cancer.
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ASCT student member reflects on year
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ASCT student member and recent graduate David Adams reflects on the past year with "Lessons Learned."

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Merck recalls HPV vaccine Gardasil because shots may contain broken glass
The Star-Ledger
The pharmaceutical company Merck is recalling nearly 750,000 doses of its HPV vaccine because a handful may be contaminated with broken glass. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention described the origin of the glass breakage as "an isolated problem in the vaccine manufacturing process."
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Study: Patients give 'broad endorsement' to stem cell research
Cell Stem Cell via Phys.org
In an early indication of lay opinions on research with induced pluripotent stem cells, which are stem cells made from skin or other tissues, a new study by bioethicists at Johns Hopkins University indicates that despite some ethical concerns, patients give the research "broad endorsement." During focus group discussions patients were largely in favor of participating in iPSC research even if personal benefit was unlikely, though they raised concerns about consent, privacy and transparency when considering donating tissue for this research.
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Healthcare workers' hands harbor C. difficile after routine CDI patient care
Healio
Nearly 25 percent of healthcare workers' hands are contaminated with Clostridium difficile spores after caring for patients with the infection, researchers reported in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology. "This is the first known study focusing on the carriage of viable C. difficile spores on healthcare workers hands," Caroline Landelle, Ph.D, of the Infection Control Unit, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Albert Chenevier–Henri Mondor, Assistance Publique–Hôpitaux de Paris, Université Paris–Est Créteil, France, said in a press release.
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CDC names top 5 health threats in 2014
MedCity News
The disease detectives at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention named the top five global health threats they expect to tackle in 2014. Topping the list is the threat of the emergence and spread of new microbes, but several other threats are also on the CDC's radar. Antibiotic-resistant infections or inadvertent release of pathogens made the list as well, proving that education on infection control and anti-microbial stewardship is absolutely critical.
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Scientists' feud in University of Minnesota cancer lab spills into courts
Star Tribune
There was no sign of any bad blood when Olga Issaenko first started working in the cancer research lab at the University of Minnesota in 2009. But now, a lawsuit filed by Issaenko, who was dismissed 10 months later, argues that the university violated her rights by using her data without her consent, deprived her of credit for her research findings and undermined her career.
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