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FDA approves 1st new tuberculosis drug in 40 years
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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a Johnson & Johnson tuberculosis drug that is the first new medicine to fight the deadly infection in more than four decades. The agency approved J&J's pill, Sirturo, for use with older drugs to fight a hard-to-treat strain of tuberculosis that has not responded to other medications. However, the agency cautioned that the drug carries risks of potentially deadly heart problems and should be prescribed carefully by doctors. More

Tool better evaluates validity of genome sequencing
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Advances in biotechnologies and computer software have helped make genome sequencing much more common than in the past. But still in question are both the accuracy of different sequencing methods and the best ways to evaluate these efforts. Now, computer scientists have devised a tool to better measure the validity of genome sequencing. More

A clear policy in stem cell therapy will foster innovative health care
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The rising cost of health care has been a cause of concern around the globe. The global economic crisis has seen governments such as the U.S. and Japan attempting to minimize the cost of state-funded health care. The increased prevalence of cardiovascular disorders, metabolic diseases, cancer, etc., coupled with the emergence of more virulent forms of existing diseases poses a challenge for current medical therapies. More
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New microscopy technique lets scientists see live viruses in their natural habitat
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Traditionally, in order to view tiny biological structures such as viruses, they must first be removed from their natural habitats and frozen. While this certainly keeps them still for the microscope, it greatly limits what we can learn about them — it's comparable to an ichthyologist only being able to study dead fish in a lab, instead of observing live ones in the ocean. Now, however, researchers at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute have devised a technique for observing live viruses in a liquid environment. It could have huge implications for the development of treatments for viral infections. More

Human on Human Detection Kits

GBI Labs’s Klear Human Polymer Detection kits can detect human primary antibody on human tissue with no background. It is a biotin-free system. Special blocking buffer and human antibody enhancer are used to provide excellent sensitivity and high specificity. MORE

New study exposes living cells to synthetic protein
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One approach to understanding components in living organisms is to attempt to create them artificially, using principles of chemistry, engineering and genetics. A suite of powerful techniques — referred to as synthetic biology — have been used to produce self-replicating molecules, artificial pathways in living systems and organisms bearing synthetic genomes. In a new twist, researchers have fabricated an artificial protein in the laboratory and examined the surprising ways living cells respond to it. More

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New York State licensure update
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In October 2012, the New York State Education Department began sending notices to individuals with New York State Limited Licenses to remind them of their obligations to complete all licensure requirements by Sept. 1. Limited Licenses will not be valid or renewed after the expiration date nor will this transition pathway be available. It is imperative that these individuals complete all the necessary educational requirements and pass the examination to ensure that they can remain employed in a clinical laboratory in New York State. More

New SOX-11 (MRQ-58) for MCL!
SOX-11 expression is specific for the identification of cyclin D1 negative mantle cell lymphoma. SOX-11 is useful due to its high expression in cyclin D1 positive and negative MCL. Many B-cell lymphomas can mimic MCL; therefore, it’s important to have additional antibodies to detect cyclin D1 negative MCL. Learn More.
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Could patient-error reports cause pathologists to be responsible for other providers' mistakes?
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Could clinical pathologists be held responsible for medical errors caused by other providers? That's a possibility under a proposal from the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. AHRQ is seeking approval for a prototype of a new reporting system for medical errors, AHRQ Director Dr. Carolyn M. Clancy, told The New York Times in a recent story. "Currently there is no mechanism for consumers to report information about patient safety events," she said. More

The origins of a genetic switch
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Cilia, microscopic whip-like organelles that protrude from the surface of many cell types, are almost ubiquitous. They are present in all eukaryotes — organisms whose cells have a nucleus — and have diversified to perform a huge variety of functions, from making cells mobile to sensing light. In vertebrates, nearly every cell in the body has some form of cilia. It has now been shown that the development of cilia — in even the most evolutionarily ancient animals — is controlled by the same gene, FoxJ1. More

Stellaris RNA FISH Probes

Stellaris RNA FISH is a new research technology that enables direct detection, localization and quantification of RNA. The low cost per assay, simple protocol, and the ability to localize mRNA and lncRNA to organelles and cellular structures provides obvious benefits for life science research. Custom and catalogued probes sets available. MORE

Novel strategies for cell-based assays
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There are different ways to query cells. Some of these use standard light microscopy observations of dye uptake or morphology, size, adherence or mobility. Others rely on fluorescence microscopy to track labeled antibodies or reporter-driven GFP expression, or on specialized spectrophotometers to examine enzyme-driven color or light intensity changes in the culture medium. And still others make use of non-optical properties such as heat flow or electrical impedance to detect activity. More

Inducing stem cells to become different cell types efficiently now possible using a 3-D platform
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Induced pluripotent stem cells have the potential to form any cell type in the body, providing a powerful tool for drug discovery and regenerative medicine. Yet coaxing these cells to reliably take on a specific fate in the laboratory has proven challenging on a large scale. Now, a team of A*STAR stem cell researchers has developed a cell differentiation protocol in which iPS cells are propagated and expanded in a 3-D bioreactor to efficiently create neural progenitor cells. More

New work on Akt's role in cancer stem cell biology
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The protein kinase Akt is a key regulator of cell growth, proliferation, metabolism, survival and death. New work on Akt's role in cancer stem cell biology from the lab of senior author Dr. Honglin Zhou and Weihua Li, co-first author, appears in Molecular Cell. The findings were also highlighted in Nature and Science reviews. This new research shows that Akt may be the key as to why cancer stem cells are so hard for the body to get rid of. More

Cell biology: Flushing out fats
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The Wip1 protein is important for survival, but mutations that inactivate it carry some surprising features. "A lack of Wip1 results in an excessive immune reaction to infectious organisms, in some cases killing the host," explains Dmitry Bulavin of the A*STAR Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology, Singapore. He also notes, however, that mice lacking Wip1 are considerably less prone to certain cancers. Now, research from Bulavin and his co-workers has revealed that Wip1-deficient animals also exhibit improved fat metabolism and cardiovascular health. More

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