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Closure of world's oldest pathology institute a 'major loss'
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American Society for Clinical Pathology president John E. Tomaszewski laments the upcoming closing of the world's oldest and most-respected pathology institute in the world, calling it a "major loss." Slated to close its doors for good on Sept. 15, the Washington, D.C.-based Armed Forces Institute of Pathology has been a global resource for disease diagnosis and analysis for nearly 150 years. With some 95 million tissue samples in its repository, AFIP's breadth of resources and renowned scientific consultants have been a lifeline to pathologists in the United States and those working in remote or under-resourced areas. More

Chemical agent turns tissue transparent
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Japanese researchers have developed a chemical agent that turns biological tissue transparent, allowing for vivid imaging of neurons and blood vessels deep inside mouse brains. he aqueous reagent — referred to as Scale — offers a way of analyzing complex organs and networks in tissue samples, without having to dissect them into smaller pieces. More

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Chemotherapeutic drug management requires a multidisciplinary approach
ADVANCE for Medical Laboratory Professionals    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Laboratory testing is changing the way patients undergoing chemotherapy are being treated and monitored. Gwen McMillin, medical director of Toxicology, co-director of pharmacogenomics at ARUP Laboratories and assistant professor of pathology at University of Utah, Salt Lake City, believes chemotherapeutic drug management requires a multidisciplinary approach-from pharmacogenetic testing to clinical and radiographic assessments. More

Broader implications of vemurafenib for melanoma approval
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Dr. Maurie Markman looks at the recent FDA approval of vemurafenib for melanoma and considers its potential impact on future genomic clinical trials, drug costs and more. More

Expert: Molecular profiling transforming care of advanced lung cancer
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Management of advanced non-small cell lung cancer now demands molecular profiling and personalized treatment. This new era has just begun, but it will quickly transform the field over the next four years, Dr. David R. Gandara said in a talk on the state of lung cancer medical oncology. Increased molecular profiling will mean a "culture change" for the field, and a sharp turn toward "ungrouping" the universe of NSCLC patients into individuals, Gandara said. More

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Genome-wide expression assay comparison across frozen, fixed postmortem brain tissue samples
BMC Genomics via 7th Space Interactive    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail
Gene expression assays have been shown to yield high quality genome-wide data from partially degraded RNA samples. However, these methods have not yet been applied to postmortem human brain tissue, despite their potential to overcome poor RNA quality and other technical limitations inherent in many assays. More

Entering the clinical lab testing business: Better to buy or build?
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During the past 15 years, there have been few examples of pathologists and medical laboratory executives willing to start up a new clinical laboratory company from scratch. The popular wisdom says that this is a next-to-impossible task. The same popular wisdom says that buying an existing clinical laboratory company is the best way for entrepreneurs and new investors to enter the clinical lab testing marketplace. However, a small number of clinical laboratory entrepreneurs have shown the popular wisdom to be wrong. More

Free radical produced by myeloid cells implicated in blocking CTL therapy
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Studies in mice and evaluation of human tumor tissue have provided new insights into a mechanism responsible for the failure of CTL-based cancer immunotherapies to kill tumors. Researchers and collaborators found that myeloid cells infiltrating tumor sites modify the pMHC complexes on tumor cells, which reduces the capacity of the MHC molecules to bind antigenic peptides and subsequently be recognized by CTLs. More

National Institutes of Health director says science funding helps economy
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A day after President Barack Obama laid out his plan to stimulate jobs, the director of the National Institutes of Health made the case that funding biomedical research reverberates beyond the laboratory — stimulating innovation and also having a significant economic impact, with each dollar of an NIH grant providing more than $2 of benefit to the economy. More

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Lab notes: Busting biofilm shields
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In a series of in vitro and animal-model experiments, a team of researchers found that compromising the function of Hsp90 either genetically or pharmacologically rendered the biofilm-forming fungi Candida albicans exquisitely susceptible to antifungal treatment. More

Nanosensors made from DNA may light path to new cancer tests, drugs
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Sensors made from custom DNA molecules could be used to personalize cancer treatments and monitor the quality of stem cells, according to an international team of researchers. The new nanosensors can quickly detect a broad class of proteins called transcription factors, which serve as the master control switches of life. More

Scientists create mammalian cells with single chromosome set
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Researchers have created mammalian cells containing a single set of chromosomes for the first time. The technique should allow scientists to better establish the relationships between genes and their function. More

Scientists develop miniaturized fluorescence microscope
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Scientists have developed a miniaturized integrated fluorescence microscope weighing just 1.9 grams, which can be carried around on the head of a freely moving adult mouse. The designers claim that in comparison with high-resolution fiberoptic technologies, their microscope demonstrates numerous advantages in terms of optical sensitivity, field of view, attainable resolution, cost and portability. More

Superstrong spider skin: Art or scientific miracle?
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What started as a work of art and science fiction may become a medical miracle that benefits burn patients, aids bone regeneration and one day may even make us bulletproof. Dutch artist Jalila Essaïdi and cell biologist Abdoelwaheb El Ghalbzouri blended synthetic spider silk with human skin to produce a superstrong material that can stop a rifle bullet shot at half its regular speed. More

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