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The NSH 2014 Laboratory Webinar Series now open for registration
Each year The National Society for Histotechnology offers a 12-month series of webinars for laboratories and their techs. This is a convenient and inexpensive way to earn 12 continuing education credits. The cost for each session is the same regardless of the number of attendees and all materials are good for two years to train new staff. View all webinar topics here. Get your registration in by Jan. 22, 2014 to receive the full 2014 series for only $1,350 or register online today!
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Analyzing hundreds of cells in a few mouse clicks
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne via R&D Magazine
VideoBriefThe increasingly powerful microscopes used in biomedical imaging provide biologists with 3-D images of hundreds of cells, and cells in these images are often layered on each other. Under these conditions, it is impossible for traditional computational methods to determine the cells' properties (i.e., their size, shape and density) quickly. Ricard Delgado-Gonzalo's work at EPFL is about to change that. The EPFL Biomedical Imaging Group Ph.D. student has developed a virtual tool that can analyze dozens of images in just an hour — which works out to hundreds of cells. All it takes is a standard computer.
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HIV drugs may get new role in fighting cancer
A type of HIV medicine that stops the AIDS virus from entering immune system cells could in future be put to work against cancer in new combination therapies being developed by drug companies. Interest in using so-called CCR5 inhibitors to fight tumors was fuelled last year when U.S. researchers, testing the drugs on mice, reported a marked reduction in aggressive breast cancer cells spreading to the animals' lungs.
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Alzheimer's study reveals new genes implicated in disease
The Guardian
Researchers have taken a major step towards understanding the causes of Alzheimer's disease with the largest study yet into the genetics of the disorder. Findings from the international team suggest at least 20 genes play a role in the common late-onset form of Alzheimer's, more than double the number scientists had previously identified.
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Recurrence of thyroid cancer 'could be predicted' with microRNAs
Medical News Today
New research has found that measuring sections of genetic material within papillary thyroid cancer tumors could predict the chance of recurrence following surgery, according to a study published in the journal Cancer. Researchers from Australia say they also discovered that elevated blood levels of this genetic material, known as microRNAs, could also indicate an increased chance of recurrence after thyroidectomy — the surgical removal of all or part of the thyroid gland.
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Latest automation techniques in immunohematology testing
By Dr. Afsaneh Motamed-Khorasani
Automated analyzers have been used in many clinical laboratories since their discovery in mid-1950s. They have many advantages that include improved quality of preanalytical steps, reduced error rates and reduced individual exposure to biohazardous materials. Newer techniques such as column agglutination, solid-phase red cell adherence assay and erythrocyte-magnetized technology are being adapted in immunohematology.
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Spring Bioscience - BRAF V600E

Spring Bioscience is leading the research industry by pioneering novel, next generation antibodies that can differentiate mutant and normal protein, enabling pathologists to see relevant mutations within their cellular context. Having already released Exon19 and EGFR L858R for exclusive use by Ventana Medical Systems, Spring Bioscience has launched BRAF V600E.
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UB study to test possible drug target for myelin repair
University at Buffalo
In the quest to find a pharmaceutical target to repair myelin — the nerve sheath destroyed in multiple sclerosis — University at Buffalo researchers aim to test a drug that blocks the activity of the M3 receptor gene. Principal investigator Fraser J. Sim, Ph.D., assistant professor of pharmacology and toxicology, has received $555,000 for the project — one of three academic awards recently granted through the National Multiple Sclerosis Society's No Opportunity Wasted campaign.
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Tricyclic antidepressants may be effective against an aggresive lung cancer
Oncology Nurse Advisor
A little-used class of antidepressants appears potentially effective in combating a particularly deadly form of lung cancer, according to a new study. Because the drugs are already FDA-approved for use in humans, the researchers were able to quickly launch a clinical trial to test their theory in patients. The phase II trial is now recruiting participants with small-cell lung cancer and other similar conditions such as aggressive gastrointestinal neuroendocrine cancers.
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HIV's battle scars tell of genome-to-genome conflict with human hosts
Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News
The immune system's attacks on HIV leave their marks — genetic mutations that show how the virus responded. By studying these marks systematically, pairing genome-wide information from hosts and pathogens, researchers have created the first map of human HIV resistance. Ultimately, this information may point to new therapeutic targets and enable individualized treatment strategies.
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The use of biomarkers for renal carcinoma treatment
By Dr. Afsaneh Motamed-Khorasani
Renal cell carcinoma is the most common form of cancer, and it is responsible for more than 100,000 deaths per year all over the world. In recent years, significant advances have been achieved in understanding the renal carcinoma biology. This in-depth knowledge has led to the development of new therapeutic strategies. However, there has been no significant development in renal carcinoma detection tools in the past decade. Therefore, there is an urgent need for the use of biomarkers for the prognosis of RCC.
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