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Scientists build 'mechanically active' DNA material
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Artificial muscles and self-propelled goo may be the stuff of Hollywood fiction, but for UC Santa Barbara scientists Omar Saleh and Deborah Fygenson, the reality of it is not that far away. By blending their areas of expertise, the pair have created a dynamic gel made of DNA that mechanically responds to stimuli in much the same way that cells do. The results of their research were published online in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. More

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More clinical pathology laboratories use middleware for business intelligence and lab-specific customer relationship management
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Within the clinical laboratory industry, there's an interesting conjunction of two fast-moving trends. One trend is the growing use of middleware by medical laboratories of all sizes. The second trend is the goal of converting any type of manual work process in the lab into an automated work process. These trends often intersect when clinical laboratories and pathology groups use middleware to automate manual processes. More

Placebo effect linked to dopamine-clearing enzyme
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Patients who carry one particular functional polymorphism of an enzyme responsible for clearing dopamine from the prefrontal cortex region of the brain are more likely to respond to placebo therapy than those with a different variant of the enzyme, as long as the placebo is administered in a caring, positive manner, researchers report. The polymorphism generates a less-active version of the enzyme catechol-O-methyltransferase, which is less efficient than the native enzyme at mopping up dopamine that has been released from nerve synapses. More

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New blood-vessel-generating cell with therapeutic potential discovered
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Researchers at the University of Helsinki, Finland, believe they have discovered stem cells that play a decisive role in new blood vessel growth. If researchers learn to isolate and efficiently produce these stem cells found in blood vessel walls, the cells offer new opportunities in the treatment of cardiovascular diseases, cancer and many other diseases. The study will be published in the PLOS Biology journal. More

 NSH News

NSH opens abstract submissions for the 2013 Symposium/Convention
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The purpose of the National Society for Histotechnology Symposium/Convention is to provide an interchange of ideas pertinent to histotechnology and to advance professional growth, standards, knowledge and performance in histotechnology through continuing and formal educational programs. The NSH Convention Committee is now accepting abstracts for the 39th Annual Symposium/Convention taking place Sept. 20-25 in Providence, R.I. The finished program will include 90-minute, three- and six-hour workshops covering both clinical, veterinary and research histology topics.

NSH partially funds the participation of presenters. Presenters flying domestically or from Canada receive round trip airfare, two nights in a convention hotel and two days per diem. NSH does not pay honorariums.

Click here for complete details and to submit an abstract for consideration.
Click here to get an idea of sessions taught last year.

Important dates:
Oct. 18: Online abstract submissions open
Jan. 4: Online abstract submission deadline
Feb. 22: Abstract acceptance/rejection notification emails sent
March 7: Revised abstracts due
April 1: Final program announced

 In the News

Putting the genome to work in breast cancer
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Although breast cancer is among the best-characterized tumor types, continuing efforts to refine the sequencing of the human genome are opening the door to a new treatment paradigm in which oncologists will have swift access to a wealth of information that will enable more personalized therapy for patients at earlier stages of disease. More

Immune cells make flexible choices
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Our immune system must be tremendously complex to respond to the unending assault of viruses, bacteria and cancerous cells. One of the mechanisms used by the immune system to cope with the huge variety of possible threats is to randomly combine DNA segments for the production of receptors on lymphocytes — a type of white blood cell. The number of possible receptors that can be produced in this way is about 1000 times the number of stars in our galaxy — one followed by 15 zeroes. New research at the Weizmann Institute can help explain how the immune system maintains its complexity while giving preference to certain receptors. More


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World's most advanced mirror for giant telescope completed
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Scientists at the University of Arizona and in California have completed the most challenging large astronomical mirror ever made. For the past several years, a group of optical scientists and engineers working at the UA Steward Observatory Mirror Laboratory underneath the UA's football stadium have been polishing a 27.5-foot diameter mirror with an unusual, highly asymmetric shape. By the standards used by optical scientists, the "degree of difficulty" for this mirror is 10 times that of any previous large telescope mirror. More

10 tips for successful in vivo optical imaging
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In vivo optical imaging is a powerful methodology allowing users to monitor molecular and functional events noninvasively in a broad array of applications from cancer biology to microbiology using either bioluminescent or fluorescent reporters. The ultimate success and reproducibility of your imaging experiments can be greatly enhanced by following these simple tips. More

New SOX-11 (MRQ-58) for MCL!
SOX-11 expression is specific for the identification of cyclin D1 negative mantle cell lymphoma. SOX-11 is useful due to its high expression in cyclin D1 positive and negative MCL. Many B-cell lymphomas can mimic MCL; therefore, it’s important to have additional antibodies to detect cyclin D1 negative MCL. Learn More.
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Research sheds light on important role of autophagy, or self-eating cells, in developing new anti-inflammatory therapies
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Research just carried out in the Immunology Research Center, led by Dr. James Harris, based in the School of Biochemistry and Immunology, Trinity College Dublin, shows that the process of autophagy regulates the production of inflammatory molecules and may therefore represent an effective target for the development of new anti-inflammatory therapeutics. The findings have been recently published online in the Journal of Immunology. More

Scientists: 1st milk of vaccinated cows protects against HIV    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The team, led by Dr. Marit Kramski of the University of Melbourne's Department of Microbiology and Immunology, vaccinated pregnant cows with an HIV protein and studied the first milk that cows produced after giving birth. The first milk, called the bovine colostrum, is naturally packed with antibodies to protect the newborn calf from infections. The vaccinated cows produced milk that contains antibodies that defend against HIV. More

Digital Pathology Tools for Biomarker Research
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Tips from the journals of the American Society for Microbiology
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Patients newly diagnosed with pediatric Crohn's disease had significantly different levels of certain types of bacteria in their intestinal tracts than age-matched controls, according to a paper in the October Journal of Clinical Microbiology. The work may ultimately lead to treatment involving manipulation of the intestinal bacteria. More

Stem cell bodyguards
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Hiding deep inside the bone marrow are special cells. They wait patiently for the hour of need, at which point these blood-forming stem cells can proliferate and differentiate into billions of mature blood immune cells to help the body cope with infection, for example, or extra red blood cells for low oxygen levels at high altitudes. Even in emergencies, however, the body keeps to a long-term plan: It maintains a reserve of undifferentiated stem cells for future needs and crises. More

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