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New York medical schools chart progress with stem cells
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Almost halfway through a $600 million state program supporting stem cell research, eight medical schools around New York are reporting progress on projects such as replicating liver cells and eradicating leukemia cells. A new report from Associated Medical Schools of New York updates work at the institutions where hundreds of researchers are starting to unravel causes and potential treatments for conditions ranging from autism to heart disease and cancer. More

Researchers progress toward fast, low-cost DNA sequencing device
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Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Yale University have developed a new concept for use in a high-speed genomic sequencing device that may have the potential to substantially drive down costs. The research is part of a nearly decade-long drive to support the science needed to bring the cost of sequencing a human genome down to $1,000. More

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T-cell therapy shown to be safe, lasting in study of HIV patients
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HIV patients treated with genetically modified T cells remain healthy up to 11 years after initial therapy, researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania report in the new issue of Science Translational Medicine. The results provide a framework for the use of this type of gene therapy as a powerful weapon in the treatment of HIV, cancer and a wide variety of other diseases. More

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5th annual NSH Summer Symposium in Las Vegas
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The National Society for Histotechnology is bringing the 5th Annual Summer Symposium back to Las Vegas! General sessions and workshops featuring expert speakers will provide you with the tools, advice and guidance you seek in your professional career.

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US to partner with Big Pharma for drug discovery
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The U.S. government will help drug companies find treatments for a host of diseases through a new collaboration in which researchers will test experimental drugs provided by manufacturers. The National Institutes of Health said Pfizer, AstraZeneca Plc and Eli Lilly have agreed to make 24 compounds available for a pilot phase of the project, the biggest of its kind ever launched in the United States. More

Researchers discover CD19 pathway that leads to lymphoma
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Researchers studying the molecular signals that drive a specific type of lymphoma have discovered a key biological pathway leading to this type of cancer. Cancerous cells have been described as being "addicted" to certain oncogenes, and the new research may lay the groundwork for breaking that addiction and effectively treating aggressive types of B-cell lymphoma. More

Birth defect rates vary depending on fertility treatment
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Birth defects are more common after certain infertility treatments, but whether the cause is the assisted reproduction techniques themselves or the underlying biology preventing conception isn't clear, Australian researchers say. The study found the risk of any birth defect was 8.3 percent compared with 5.8 percent for unassisted pregnancies. More

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Stem cells poised to self-destruct for good of the embryo
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Embryonic stem cells just got another badge of honor. If they suffer damage that makes them a threat to the developing embryo, they swiftly fall on their swords for the greater good, according to a study published in the journal Molecular Cell. The finding offers a new glimpse into the private lives of stem cells that could help scientists use them to grow new neurons or other cells to replace those that have been lost in patients with Parkinson's and other diseases. More

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Study finds psychopaths have distinct brain structure
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Scientists who scanned the brains of men convicted of murder, rape and violent assaults have found the strongest evidence yet that psychopaths have structural abnormalities in their brains. The researchers, based at King's College London's Institute of Psychiatry, said the differences in psychopaths' brains mark them out even from other violent criminals with anti-social personality disorders, and from healthy nonoffenders. More

Researchers use online crowd-sourcing to diagnose malaria
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Working on the assumption that large groups of public nonexperts can be trained to recognize infectious diseases with the accuracy of trained pathologists, UCLA researchers have created a crowd-sourced online gaming system in which players distinguish malaria-infected red blood cells from healthy ones by viewing digital images obtained from microscopes. More

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Scientists measure activity between motor neurons, muscle cells
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In an effort to identify the underlying causes of neurological disorders that impair motor functions such as walking and breathing, UCLA researchers have developed a novel system to measure communication between stem cell–derived motor neurons and muscle cells in a Petri dish. More

Machine slices, scans and 3-D-maps brains    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Researchers at Texas A&M University's Brain Networks Laboratory have developed a machine that automatically slices and images a brain and then assembles the images into a 3-D atlas that can be navigated like Google Maps. The system is called the knife-edge scanning microscope and combines the roles of a tissue slicer and a microscope. More

Mobile stroke unit brings lab to the patient at the point of care
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In an innovation designed to bring the laboratory to the patient, use of a mobile stroke unit shortened the time to treatment decision for acute stroke patients. MSUs equipped with imaging systems and medical laboratory point-of-care testing proved capable of providing early diagnosis and intervention. This study demonstrates how clinicians are taking steps to move clinical laboratory testing out of the traditional central/core laboratory and bring it closer to the patient specifically to reduce the time-to-answer for certain medical conditions, like acute stroke. More

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Biosignatures distinguish between tuberculosis and sarcoidosis
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With a range of diseases, doctors need unique features which they can use to unequivocally identify a patient's illness for an appropriate diagnosis. Scientists therefore search for the biomarkers for an illness or a combination of biomarkers, known as biosignatures, which are as easy as possible to measure. More

Is there an app for your lab?
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For many techies, the launch of Apple's App Store was like shooting off a starter's pistol for today's unrelenting apps race. In recent years, research labs have been a notable beneficiary as a variety of highly functional and specialized apps have gained the acceptance and even gratitude of a broad spectrum of laboratory managers, research scientists and bench technologists. True to form, one of the most progressive segments of the research laboratory industry — instrumentation manufacturers and vendors — is at the forefront of the move to phase mobile apps into routine operations. More
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