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Technology powered by viruses? Scientists move closer
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Viruses might eventually be able to power the very phone, computer or tablet you're reading this article on. Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Berkeley Lab have found a way to generate power using human viruses. With a harmless specially engineered M13 virus, the group has been able to power a small display. The viruses can covert mechanical force into electricity. More

Gene-modified stem cells protect patients from toxic chemo side effects
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For the first time, scientists have transplanted brain cancer patients' own gene-modified blood stem cells in order to protect their bone marrow against the toxic side effects of chemotherapy. Initial results of the ongoing, small clinical trial of three patients with glioblastoma showed that two patients survived longer than predicted if they had not been given the transplants, and a third patient remains alive with no disease progression almost three years after treatment. More

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Human embryonic stem cells can be used to grow bone tissue grafts
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A new study shows human embryonic stem cells can be used to grow bone tissue grafts for use in research and potential therapeutic application. The study is the first example of using bone cell progenitors derived from human embryonic stem cells to grow compact bone tissue in quantities large enough to repair centimeter-sized defects. More

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NSH offers 2-day IHC/ISH forum for histotechs
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NSH will be hosting a two-day forum, July 13-14, in Windsor, Conn., covering basic and advanced topics in the fields of immunohistochemistry (IHC) and In Situ Hybridization (ISH). The forum will include general sessions and workshops providing attendees an opportunity to earn 10.5 contact hours.

Topics to be covered include: Biospecimen Collection for Immunohistochemical & Molecular Testing; Standardization & Quality Control in Immunohistochemistry; Immunofluorescence; Troubleshooting; Selection of Automated IHC & ISH Slide Staining Systems ... See more here.

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New technique predicts prostate cancer relapse
HealthDay News via Oncology Nurse Advisor    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Copy number variation in both malignant and benign prostate tissue is predictive of prostate cancer relapse, according to a study published online in The American Journal of Pathology. University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine researchers assessed whether CNV of the genomes of prostate cancer tumors, adjacent tissues, or blood samples can predict biochemical relapse and the kinetics of the relapse. More

Scientists discover new inflammatory target
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Scientists from Queen Mary, University of London have found a new therapeutic target to combat inflammation. The research, published in the journal Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences, revealed tiny organelles called primary cilia are important for regulating inflammation. The findings could lead to potential therapies for millions of people who suffer from arthritis. More

MIT: 2 powerful drugs can kill breast cancer cells
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Doctors usually give breast cancer patients several cancer drugs; they claim that these drugs produce better results than treatment with just a single drug. Now researchers have found that two powerful drugs can cure breast cancer. Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have discovered that erlotinib and doxorubicin have the capability to kill a particularly malignant type of breast cancer cells. More

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Is ICD-10 delay good for clinical pathology laboratories?
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When it comes to implementation of ICD-10 in the United States, the "do it later" crowd seems to have convinced the Department of Health and Human Services of the need to once again move back the compliance date for ICD-10. HHS announced a proposed rule to defer implementation by one year, with a new effective date of Oct. 1, 2014. Clinical laboratories and anatomic pathology groups have a big stake in a successful transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10. More

Mobile slide/block storage system

The Lab Stack filing system from LabStorage offers a variety of filing options for tissue blocks and slides. These include a heavy duty wheeled base for a mobile work area and a stationary base for more permanent storage. The filing system is available in blue, gray, or green. MORE

Blood transfusions still overused, may do more harm than good
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Citing the lack of clear guidelines for ordering blood transfusions during surgery, Johns Hopkins researchers say a new study confirms there is still wide variation in the use of transfusions and frequent use of transfused blood in patients who don't need it. More

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Mossberg Labs Launches Special Stains

Mossberg Labs introduces a system approach to Special Staining. A series of complete Special Stains and Rinses that function together as a system. Available as convenient, ready to use kits or as individual components.
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A new look at prolonged radiation exposure
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A new study from Massachusetts Institute of Technology scientists suggests that the guidelines governments use to determine when to evacuate people following a nuclear accident may be too conservative. The study, published in Environmental Health Perspectives, found when mice were exposed to radiation doses about 400 times greater than background levels for five weeks, no DNA damage could be detected. More

Imaging HIV in infected cells reveals viral tactics
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The tactics that HIV uses to infect cells have been visualized in greater detail than ever before, thanks to a microscopy technique that allows even structures within viruses to be seen. Conventional light microscopes cannot resolve structures that are smaller than about 200 nanometers because they are limited by the wavelength of visible light, according to research in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. More

Sensitive and specific 2-plex RNA-ISH assay

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DNA replication protein plays role in cancer
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Scientists at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine have discovered a protein known as Cdt1. This is required for DNA replication and has an important role in a later step of the cell cycle, mitosis. This is a possible explanation why so many cancers possess not just genomic instability, but also more or less than the usual 46 DNA-containing chromosomes. More

Genetic profile of circulating tumor cells is heterogeneous
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Gene expression of circulating tumor cells, rare cells in the blood of patients with solid tumors, is heterogeneous and is distinct from the profiles of single cells from cancer cell lines commonly used to study cancer, according to a study published online in PLoS One. More
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