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NSH webinar: Microwaves — Make You Want to Go Hmmm?
Do you ever questions about how a microwave works? Does it really process tissue faster than conventional processors? What tests (stains, IHC) can I perform using microwave technology? How do I validate microwave equipment? What do I do when something goes wrong? Oh right, nothing ever goes wrong in Histology. In this webinar all these questions will be answered. At the end of the sessions, participants will be able to determine why they would consider using a microwave in their laboratory. They will also be able to troubleshoot the problems that can occur while using microwave technology. Time for questions to be answered will be allowed at the end of the session. Register today.
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Some hospital-based physician pay trends identified by Becker's Hospital Review could play to pathology's 'sweet spot'
Dark Daily
Becker's Hospital Review has identified seven trends in hospital-based physician pay that have emerged over the past several years. These trends reflect fundamental changes in the private practice of medicine and will be of interest to those pathologists and clinical laboratory managers who provide medical laboratory tests to office-based physicians.
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Why does great collaboration require good conflict?
Lab Manager
Lynda McDermott writes: "In my work with teams over the past 25 years all around the world, I have never found a high-performing team that did not have moments when team members disagreed, debated or argued. These teams all had a healthy respect for the value of not only having differences of opinions or perspectives but also for having learned how to manage themselves as they worked through the discord or tensions precipitated by their disputes. Rather than being an enemy of collaboration, conflict is, in fact, a necessary requirement for productive and successful collaboration."
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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.

Response genetics launches new test for cancer immunotherapy drug development
The Wall Street Journal
Response Genetics Inc., a company focused on the development and sale of molecular diagnostic tests that help guide cancer therapy selection, recently announced the availability of new testing capabilities to advance cancer immunotherapy clinical development.
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Novel next generation sequencing test developed for retinoblastoma
Researchers at Children's Hospital Los Angeles have developed a unique next-generation sequencing test for the gene linked to retinoblastoma. The new approach is both more comprehensive and can be conducted in less time than existing tests — enabling early detection of the cancer's genetic cause, which is critical for optimal treatment outcomes.
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Lipids help to fight leukemia
Medical Xpress
T cells use a novel mechanism to fight leukemia. They may recognize unique lipids produced by cancer cells and kill tumor cells expressing these lipid molecules. A study conducted by researchers at the University of Basel shows that a tumor-associated lipid stimulates specific T cells, which efficiently kill leukemia cells both in vitro and in animal models. The results have been published in the Journal of Experimental Medicine.
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Gene tests offer hope for cancer patients
A new way of evaluating tumors may soon help cancer patients identify the underlying genetic link to their disease — and the best possible treatment — all in a single test. Researchers are set to begin clinical trials using a more comprehensive testing method that looks for all of the known genes that may be active in a tumor.
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Empowering Science with Color Integrity

Datacolor CHROMACAL™ standardizes color reproduction in digital brightfield images.

• Delivers a consistent, reliable basis for evaluation, communication, quantification, documentation and publication
• Includes image and monitor calibration software, along with a proprietary color calibration slide
• Integrates into existing imaging workflow
• Compatible with most microscopes, scientific cameras and acquisition software

NanoMolds™ Save Time, Energy & Money

NanoMolds produce paraffin blocks much quicker and release easier than traditional methods – without the use of messy chemical mold release.

  • Requires less cleaning
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  • Available in 5 popular sizes

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    ergoCentric Laboratory Seating

    Visit LabStorage System’s updated website to view details about this new laboratory seating with specially formulated Infection Control coating. Non-porous and easily disinfected, this moisture proof coating is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and stain resistant. more


    Genomics of lung cancer progression vary widely
    Oncology Nurse Advisor
    Tumor sequencing of several different lung cancers and their surrounding tissue complicates the prevailing theory of linear lung cancer progression and offers new insights for management of this deadly cancer, according to a new study. Sequencing results provide, for the first time, strong molecular evidence of progression from phenotypically indolent components to more aggressive disease and also show that both components can progress independently, even if they arise from the same precursor, according to the study, which appeared in Cancer Research.
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    Driving mass spec-based multiplexed protein biomarker tests to the clinic
    Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News
    Clinical proteomics applications rely on the translation of targeted protein quantitation technologies and methods to develop robust assays that can guide diagnostic, prognostic, and therapeutic decision-making. The development of a clinical proteomics-based test begins with the discovery of disease-relevant biomarkers, followed by validation of those biomarkers.
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    Managing time
    Lab Manager
    This is not an easy task, however, due to the workload ebb and flow that's inherent in laboratory operations. For that reason, upper administration must come up with ways to continually equalize the load and increase a lab's efficiency using current best practices in time management. For many managers this means pre-planning, effective scheduling, having contingency strategies and gathering regularly to meet the current needs of the lab.
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    Can Cue's $199 lab-in-a-box keep you healthy?
    The Verge
    Technology has added plenty of new annoyances to life, but it's also done away with countless others. One more that could be on its way out? A visit to the doctor's office. That's the vision of a company called Cue, which wants to make at-home medical diagnosis — everything from the flu to vitamin D levels — as common as pregnancy tests.
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