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Method for anti-cancer drug development using tumor explants of surgical specimens
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Researchers with the department of neurological surgery at Ohio State University Medical Center show how they used freshly-removed surgical specimen of malignant glioma for their experiments. They performed intratumoral injection of TMZ, followed by incubation and analysis on surgical specimens. More

Researchers find gene behind Elephant Man's disfigurement
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Researchers have identified a gene variant in the rare tissue and bone overgrowth disorder Proteus syndrome that may confirm the cause of the severe disfigurement suffered by the "Elephant Man." Called AKT1, the gene may be a target for future therapies, bringing hope to patients and their families. In this study, the researchers found that a single "point mutation" in the DNA of the AKT1 gene activates the sporadic tissue growth that characterizes Proteus syndrome. A point mutation is the equivalent of spelling one word differently in a large volume of text. More

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Journal of Histotechnology: Newest edition now available
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The National Society for Histotechnology's newest edition of Journal of Histotechnology is now available. Some of the items in this edition include:
  • Immunohistochemical detection of Argonaute 2 in bovine and porcine tissues
  • Gastrointestinal biopsies: more action and less 'chatter'?
  • Loss of samples in the tissue microarray technique: Comparison between slides using adhesive tape and silanized slides
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LSS: New Plastic Cassette Mailer
Lab Storage Systems' new plastic transport container is designed specifically for paraffin blocks. The attached cover snaps securely for transport, yet is easy to open and close. Transparent container allows for easy viewing. 6 block capacity. Fits all standard size tissue & biopsy cassettes. more

Histologist creates jewelry with lab stains
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Mequita Praet, an NSH member and former board member, has combined histology and jewelry. On her blog, she showcases jewelry that she colors with items such as plasma stain and connective tissue stain. See some of her jewelry featured in her recent blog post. More

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Pathology lab concern: Labeling errors
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Hand labeling creates the potential for errors that can occur at a number of touch points in the pathology lab as a patient's tissue biopsy is processed. In some cases, these types of errors are caught and corrected within the pathology lab. In other cases, mislabeling errors can leave the lab unnoticed. For more information and to watch an accessioning process video, visit

Popular mammography tool not effective for finding invasive breast cancer
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Computer-aided detection technology is ineffective in finding breast tumors and appears to increase a woman's risk of being called back needlessly for additional testing following mammography, a large University of California-Davis study has found. The analysis of 1.6 million mammograms in seven states has delivered the most definitive findings to date on whether the popular mammography tool is effective in helping find breast cancer. More

Divided appeals court rules on BRCA case
Association for Molecular Pathology via e Science News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A federal appeals court partially reversed a lower court's ruling in a case challenging patents on two human genes, BRCA1 and BRCA2, associated with hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. The court ruled that companies can obtain patents on the genes but cannot patent methods to compare those gene sequences. The lawsuit charged that the challenged patents are illegal and restrict both scientific research and patients' access to medical care, and that patents on human genes violate the First Amendment and patent law because genes are "products of nature." More

Fluorescent 'spinach' tracks workings of cellular RNA
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Researchers have developed a green fluorescent tool that can track the mysterious workings of the various forms of cellular RNA. The investigators report how they developed an RNA mimic of green fluorescent protein — which they dubbed spinach — and describe how it will help unlock the secrets of the complex ways that RNA sustains human life as well as contributes to disease. More

Boston University pathology professor earns innovator award for noninvasive lung cancer test
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Technology that makes possible a new, noninvasive method for the early detection of lung cancer has earned Avrum Spira, an associate professor of medicine, pathology and laboratory medicine at Boston University, the 2011 Innovator of the Year award. "Professor Spira is an entrepreneurial scientist, whose practical approach to science has led to the formation of Allegro Diagnostics, a startup company intent on producing beneficial molecular diagnostics for detecting lung cancer," said Jean Morrison, BU provost and chief academic officer. More

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Point/counterpoint: Is Mohs surgery being overutilized?
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Dr. David S. Becker, a Mohs surgeon in private practice in New York, writes that the practice of Mohs micrographic surgery is being overutilized. Becker contends that patients, referring dermatologists, dermatopathologists and Mohs surgeons may play a role. Gary Monheit, Mohs surgeon in private practice in Birmingham, Ala., disagrees. Monheit writes that doctors have recognized that Mohs is the best technique for treatment. More

The EXAKT Cutting/Grinding System
EXAKT Technologies, Inc. began importing the EXAKT Cutting/Grinding System in 1988. Since then the EXAKT System has become the gold standard for the preparation of out-of-the-ordinary samples in many types of industries. And at the NSH in September we’ll be adding something new. Until then visit us at

Convergence in head and neck cancer
Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard via e Science News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail
In back-to-back papers published in Science, researchers have confirmed genetic abnormalities previously suspected in head and neck cancer, including defects in the tumor suppressor gene known as p53. But the two teams also found mutations in the NOTCH family of genes, suggesting their role as regulators of an important stage in cell development may be impaired. More

Development of one-step SYBR Green real-time RT-PCR
Virology Journal via 7th Space Interactive    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
This study aims to develop a quantitative one-step RT-PCR assay to detect bovine viral diarrhea virus type-1 in cell culture. One-step quantitative SYBR Green I RT-PCR was developed by amplifying cDNA template from viral RNA and using in vitro transcribed BVDV RNA to establish a standard curve. This one-step SYBR Green I RT-PCR strategy may be further optimized as a reliable assay for diagnosing and monitoring BVDV infection in animals. It may also be applied to evaluate candidate agents against HCV using BVDV cell culture model. More

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Dense breasts hike risk of aggressive cancer
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Increasing breast density conferred a progressively greater risk of breast cancer with aggressive characteristics in postmenopausal women, according to a study. Women with at least 50 percent breast density on mammographic study had triple the risk of breast cancer compared with women who had less than 10 percent density. Density did not influence tumor histology, lymph node involvement, HER2 status or progesterone receptor status, investigators reported. More

Quantitative analysis of images by visual walk-in of simulations
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Many imaging techniques like microscopy only allow lab technicians to see the flat projection of what is actually three dimensional. It can be impossible to derive crucial information about relative locations. According to Sascha Vongehr at the University of Nanjing, a novel computer program and its user essentially collaborate to create what Vongehr calls a visual walk-in of simulations. More

Waived testing: A prescription for safety
ADVANCE for Medical Laboratory Professionals    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments remains the most sweeping federal law affecting the laboratory industry. Its purpose is to safeguard the "accuracy, reliability and timeliness" of patient test results. To accomplish that objective, CLIA broadened the regulatory reach of existing law to include all U.S. facilities, including physician operated laboratories, not previously subject to CMS oversight. More
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