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Gene therapy wipes out leukemia in study
The Associated Press via R&D Magazine    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Scientists are reporting the first clear success with a new approach for treating leukemia — turning the patients' own blood cells into assassins that hunt and destroy their cancer cells. Scientists are already preparing to try the same gene therapy technique for other kinds of cancer. More

Virtual rats for disease research
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Most lab rats have to be housed, fed and bred. But not the group Daniel Beard has in mind for his new systems biology center. They'll be virtual. Beard, a computational biologist at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, is using computer models of rat physiology to study how genes and environmental factors interact to cause disease. More

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Journal of Histotechnology call for manuscripts
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The Journal of Histotechnology editors and editorial board members are pleased to announce a call for manuscripts highlighting special considerations in preparing research, veterinary and clinical samples. Topics include, but are not limited to, modifications of fixation, staining, sectioning and processing. Technical notes and methodology-focused contributions are particularly encouraged. Manuscripts must be submitted prior to Dec. 9 at

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Zebrafish ideal model for professor's melanoma research
The Oregonian    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The black pigment cells of zebrafish hold striking similarities to those in human tissue. These cells intrigued Cynthia Cooper when she began working with the silvery fish in 2003 and now she's determined to find out what causes these cells to become cancerous. "Zebrafish can tell us a lot of things about humans because there's so many genes that they use that humans use as well," says Cooper, assistant professor of molecular genetics at Washington State University in Vancouver. More

Pathology lab concern: Lost samples
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Like Superman's X-ray vision, microscope reveals nanoscale details
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Physicists at the University of California-San Diego have developed a new kind of X-ray microscope that can penetrate deep within materials like Superman's fabled X-ray vision and see minute details at the scale of a single nanometer. What's especially unusual about this new, nanoscale, X-ray microscope is that the images are not produced by a lens, but by means of a powerful computer program. More

Histopathological placental lesions in mild gestational hyperglycemic and diabetic women
Diabetology & Metabolic Syndrome via 7th Space Interactive    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In this trial, researchers investigated and compared the incidence of histopathological placental lesions in mild gestational hyperglycemia, gestational diabetes and overt diabetes at term and preterm gestation. They found placentas from MGH group presented 17 types of histopathological change and higher rates of syncytial nodes and endarteritis. More

Biomarkers of chronic disease
ADVANCE for Administrators of the Laboratory    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In the final installment of a three-part series on biomarkers of chronic diseases, prostate-specific antigen, breast cancer and diabetes management are explored. More

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'Living' spinal disc implants help fight back pain
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Engineers at Cornell University and doctors at the Weill Cornell Medical College have developed "living" artificial discs that outperform current implants used in discectomies, a surgery where damaged spinal discs are removed. The new artificial discs are made out of two polymers — collagen, which wraps around the outside of the disc like a tire and a hydrogel called alginate in the middle that helps bear weight, just like real discs. More

Study: Salmonella follows cell behavior to keep virulent
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Salmonella cells have hijacked the protein-building process to maintain their ability to cause illness, new research suggests. This work has shown that when researchers delete any one of three genes from the process that makes use of the beta form of the amino acid, or if they insert the alpha form in the beta version's place, Salmonella cells are no longer able to cause disease. The amino acid in question is lysine, one of 22 genetically encoded amino acids that are strung together in cells to make proteins. More

Researchers identify mAbs for removing teratoma-forming cells from heterogeneous hESC populations
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Researchers have identified a set of antibodies that they claim can be used to tag and remove undifferentiated human embryonic stem cells from differentiated cells in a population, potentially eliminating the risk of teratoma formation in future patients receiving hESC-derived cell therapies. The antibodies include one that binds to H type-1 glycan, a previously unidentified antigen researchers say is highly and specifically expressed on human pluripotent stem cells. More

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Boy or girl? A simple test raises ethical concerns
The Associated Press via Bioscience Technology    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A simple blood test in mothers-to-be can determine sex of a fetus with surprising accuracy at about seven weeks, a research analysis has found. The test is about 95 percent accurate at identifying sex when women are at least seven weeks' pregnant. But the study raises concerns about couples using such tests for gender selection and abortion. More

Commentary: Research distress over debt deal
Laboratory Equipment's Editor's Corner    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Entrenched in America's debt deal is the possible slashing or even total elimination of funding to the nation's science agencies, writes Michelle Lam with Laboratory Equipment. At its worst, the automatic cuts of $1.2 trillion could completely close off laboratories, instigate large-scale lay-offs in academic institutions and reduce funding available to young researchers (since grants favor those with a longer research history). More

Vemurafenib will open floodgates for melanoma genotyping
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The genotyping era of melanoma management will start with genetic assessment of every patient with advanced-stage melanoma becoming the standard of care, as soon as the Food and Drug Administration approves marketing of vemurafenib, the small-molecule inhibitor of a mutated form of the BRAF gene. Results from genotyping studies of metastatic melanoma tumors have shown a BRAF mutation prevalence of about 43 percent and a NRAS mutation prevalence of about 14 percent, with the remaining 43 percent of tumors having wild type forms of both genes. More

Pathologist shortage, delays in lab test reports get publicity in Canada
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Even as the Canadian province of Manitoba deals with some highly publicized issues in anatomic pathology, over in the neighboring province of Saskatchewan, a sizeable backlog in anatomic pathology cases earlier in the year caused the Saskatoon Health Region to refer pathology cases to another region within the province. More

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