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Government faulted over risk of pathogens escaping lab
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The Department of Homeland Security underestimates the risk that human error could allow pathogens to escape from a proposed $1 billion lab designed to study lethal animal-borne diseases, a U.S. advisory panel warned. More



Doctors transplant vein grown from patient's own cells
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Scientists in Sweden are reporting a medical first: a vein grown in a lab for a 10-year-old girl using her body's own cells. Doctors are hailing the step as a milestone in tissue engineering, a field in which doctors grow windpipes, bladders, lungs and other organs to replace faulty ones while avoiding the dangerous, lifelong complications of organ transplants. More

Introducing Antibody Cocktails by Epitomics

Introducing rabbit monoclonal antibody (RabMAb®) cocktails from Epitomics. The CK5/CK6/ERG cocktail was introduced this year along with four other varieties targeting breast cancers and prostate cancers. Antibody cocktails represent an important tool in IHC applications by increasing staining sensitivity and/or permitting multiplexing. For more information about these antibodies, click here.


Top court rejects DNA lab test analyst questioning
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The Supreme Court has made it easier for prosecutors to use expert testimony about DNA laboratory reports at trial without allowing defendants to confront and question the forensic analysts involved in the tests. More

Scientists tie DNA repair to key cell signaling network
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Researchers have found a surprising connection between a key DNA-repair process and a cellular signaling network linked to aging, heart disease, cancer and other chronic conditions. The discovery promises to open up an important new area of research — one that could ultimately yield novel treatments for a wide variety of diseases. More


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NSH headquarters has moved down the street
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We are pleased to announce that the National Society for Histotechnology relocated on June 19. Our new address is:

8850 Stanford Blvd.
Suite 2900
Columbia, MD 21045

All other contact information such as phone/fax numbers will stay the same, so if you have any questions/concerns please don't hesitate to contact us. Please feel free to send an email to histo@NSH.org and we will get back to you as soon as possible.



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Why adoption of system-wide EMR can 'degrade' clinical lab abilities
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Adoption of electronic medical record systems by hospitals and health systems throughout the country may now be the single most disruptive factor in how hospital labs configure their laboratory information systems specifically in support of their parent institutions' informatics requirements. More



Top heart doctors fret over new blood thinners
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For millions of heart patients, a pair of new blood thinners have been heralded as the first replacements in 60 years for warfarin, a pill whose hardships and risks have deterred many from using the stroke-prevention medicine. But growing complaints of risks and deaths tied to the new crop of drugs have made some top cardiologists hesitant to prescribe them. Some are proposing a more rigorous monitoring regimen for when they are used. More

Schizophrenia drug targets cancer stem cells
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The antipsychotic agent thioridazine selectively inhibits cancer stem cells without damaging normal blood cells, researchers have discovered. The drug, which targets dopamine receptors to help manage schizophrenia, appears to help the cancer stem cells differentiate into less threatening cell types, thus exhausting the pool of self-renewing cancer cells. More


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High-quality data from intact tissue sections preserves morphological context
PerkinElmer's multi-modal systems for digital pathology and multi-label microscopy and image analysis let you capture previously undetected features and information by improving your overall quantitation. www.perkinelmer.com


How to run an efficient, creative lab without micromanaging
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Research teams comprise postdocs, graduate students, and research assistants, individuals who each have different career goals and are "highly intelligent and want autonomy," says Vish Krishnan, a management scientist at UCSD. The good news is that some recent research on keeping people motivated is providing new explanations for some old tenets of good management. More

StainTray™ Slide Staining System

LabStorage is pleased to offer this unique item, suitable for both IHC and routine staining requiring a humid chamber. Slides are secured by “sticky” polymer strips on plastic rails. Wells between rails hold water for humidity when required. Available in 10 and 20 slide capacity with clear or black covers. More…


Uncovering the microbial menagerie
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A massive study catalogues the microbes in the healthy human body, uncovering an unexpected level of individual variation in microbial makeup, among other surprises. An international consortium of around 200 scientists has mapped the human body's microbial community at an unprecedented level of detail, and shown just how much it varies from person to person. More


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IHC Detection Kits

Polink-2 Plus Kits are GBI Labs’ 3rd generation of 2-step polymer-HRP or AP detection that elicit higher sensitivity and specificity than 1-step polymer for IHC. Polink-2 Plus kits are available for mouse, rabbit, broad (Ms & Rb), goat, rat, chicken, Guinea pig, sheep, and Armenia hamster primary antibodies at very competitive pricing.
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Mossberg Labs Launches Special Stains

Mossberg Labs introduces a system approach to Special Staining. A series of complete Special Stains and Rinses that function together as a system. Available as convenient, ready to use kits or as individual components.
When Quality, Consistency, Ease of Use, Economy and Detailed Instruction for Use are important... remember Mossberg Labs for your Special Stain needs.
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PTFE coated Microtome Blades
DurAedge® microtome blades are manufactured to the highest standards for sharpness, consistency and durability. A special proprietary process for hardened stainless steel ensures the quality of each finely honed and polished blade to give you a flaw-free edge.


How aging normal cells fuel tumor growth and metastasis
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It has long been known that cancer is a disease of aging, but a molecular link between the two has remained elusive. Now, researchers at the Kimmel Cancer Center have shown that senescence and autophagy in the surrounding normal cells of a tumor are essentially two sides of the same coin, acting as "food" to fuel cancer cell growth and metastasis. More

New microfluidic device can sort cancer cells, particles
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Two Johns Hopkins engineers say they have found an easy way to use gravity or simple forces to similarly sort microscopic particles and bits of biological matter — including circulating tumor cells. By moving a liquid over a series of micron-scale high diagonal ramps, the device causes microscopic material to separate into discrete categories, based on weight, size or other factors, researchers report in Physical Review Letters. More


Sensitive and specific 2-plex RNA-ISH assay

Affymetrix’ QuantiGene® ViewRNA Assays enable single-copy RNA sensitivity with exceptional specificity in FFPE tissue sections. From sequence to assay in 1 week. View recent publications.
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M cell control gene could improve oral vaccine delivery
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Scientists have found a master regulator gene needed for the development of M cells, a mysterious type of intestinal cell involved in initiating immune responses. M cells act like "conveyor belts," ingesting bacteria and transporting substances from the gut into Peyer's patches, specialized tissues resembling lymph nodes in the intestines. More

Some clinical labs report drop in average number of tests-per-patient
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Across the country, a number of clinical laboratory organizations have told The Dark Report editorial team they have experienced a decline in the average number of lab tests-per-requisition over the past 18 months. Since the sample size is so small, it would be inappropriate to conclude that the experience of these labs reflects a national trend. More
 
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