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National Society for Histotechnology announces board of directors election results for 2014
The National Society for Histotechnology announces the newly elected board of directors for the 2014-2016 term. The board of directors election was held during the month of April. "Year after year I'm astounded at the level of experience and dedication we're able to access with our board," said Carrie Diamond, executive director of NSH. "We have a very strong leadership foundation in place and we couldn't be more pleased with the newly elected officials. Each of these individual's passionate commitment to the science will bring more insightful perspectives to our board." Click here to find out who was elected for 2014.
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A fun and unique schedule at the 7th Annual Summer Symposium —
June 13-14

This year NSH has partnered with the states of Region II to bring a new and exciting program to the Annual Summer Symposium. Attend your choice of workshops and general sessions to earn up to a total of 12 continuing education credits. Workshops range from stain validation, to barcoding technology, to CAP checklists, building effective teams, and much more. Take a look at the full schedule here. We hope to see you in Baltimore next month!
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Lucrative biopsies spur fight by pathologists
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
For most people, a biopsy is a fast and simple procedure — a sliver or patch of skin or a few drops of fluid are extracted in a doctor's office and sent to a laboratory for examination. It's also potentially lifesaving. Biopsies such as Pap smears and the analysis of polyps, tumors and skin anomalies are crucial in detecting certain cancers. But how much a biopsy costs and who pays for it can be complex.
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Science matters: Techniques for managing cross-disciplinary teams
Lab Manager
By now we all know that the life sciences industry is radically changing. For decades we had been comfortable working within rigid boundaries. Within our own little silos, we shared space with like-minded colleagues — people who studied and worked on the same projects. Our ideas flowed between one another but rarely outside the confines of our discipline. We produced very high-quality work. But unfortunately we didn't necessarily know how to relate to others whose work radically — or even just slightly — differed from ours.
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  New Rabbit Monoclonals from Epitomics

Introducing our recently launched EP clones developed specifically for anatomical pathology. Epitomics has the largest catalogue of diagnostic grade rabbit monoclonals, with over 230 unique targets. Some of our recently launched EP clones include ARG-1, PAX-2, SOX-10, CD2, TBX21 and more. Our recent 2014 Catalogue is available here.

Significant numbers of primary care doctors are uncertain about the correct clinical laboratory test to order
Dark Daily
Recent publication of a new study confirms what pathologists and medical laboratory professionals have known for years: A significant number of primary care physicians acknowledge that they sometimes are uncertain about which clinical laboratory test is the most appropriate one to order. These same doctors also admit that they are often also uncertain how to interpret the results of some medical laboratory tests.
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MEMS nanoinjector for genetic modification of cells
The ability to transfer a gene or DNA sequence from one animal into the genome of another plays a critical role in a wide range of medical research — including cancer, Alzheimer's disease, and diabetes. But the traditional method of transferring genetic material into a new cell, called "microinjection," has a serious downside. It involves using a small glass pipette to pump a solution containing DNA into the nucleus of an egg cell, but the extra fluid can cause the cell to swell and destroy it — resulting in a 25 to 40 percent cell death rate. Now, thanks to the work of researchers from Brigham Young University, there's a way to avoid cell death when introducing DNA into egg cells.
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Breath of fresh air
Lab Manager
There are still many misunderstandings and misconceptions surrounding the use of respiratory protection, whether it is in response to a possible chemical spill incident in the lab, processing chemical wastes in confined spaces, or just dealing with routine chemicals in your normal activities.
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    Infectious disease vaccines in the Omics era
    Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News
    Infectious diseases have shaped humanity more than any other single factor in history. Despite the substantial morbidity and mortality associated with pathogens, eradicating infectious diseases has been challenging, both in terms of generating vaccines and in ensuring that immunization campaigns can be affordable, effective, and feasible on a global scale. The only human infectious disease that was eradicated worldwide as a result of vaccination initiatives was smallpox, and with three countries — Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan — remaining endemic in early 2014, poliomyelitis is expected to become the next target for global eradication.
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    Looking to share your expertise?
    In an effort to enhance the overall content of Under the Microscope, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of NSH, your knowledge of the industry lends itself to unprecedented expertise. And we're hoping you'll share this expertise with your peers through well-written commentary. Because of the digital format, there's no word or graphical limit. Our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Ronnie Richard to discuss logistics.
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    Health startup Counsyl launches an inherited cancer screening and a medical record platform
    The Next Web
    Counsyl, a startup that's reinventing the modern clinical lab through robotics and custom software, recently announced the launch of a new screening that checks for inherited cancer risks. The company is also kicking off its Counsyl Complete platform for sharing test results between doctors and patients.
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    Researchers identify genetic factors that may aid survival from brain cancer
    Medical Xpress
    A Henry Ford Hospital research team has identified specific genes that may lead to improved survival of glioblastoma, the most common and deadly form of cancerous brain tumor. The molecular data is expected to aid further research into genes that either help or impede the survival of patients diagnosed with the tumor, which can invade and rapidly grow in any part of the human brain.
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