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Study finds HPV vaccine Gardasil safe
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A new study of Merck Co.'s Gardasil cervical-cancer vaccine showed it was associated with fainting on the day of inoculation and skin infections two weeks afterward, but no link with more serious health problems was found. The vaccine protects against four strains of the human papillomavirus, or HPV, two of which account for about 70 percent of cervical-cancer cases in women. More

Save the date! 2013 ASCT Annual Scientific Conference
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The 2013 ASCT Annual Scientific Conference is scheduled for April 19–21 at the Hotel Valley Ho in Scottsdale, Ariz. Topics include: Advances in Telepathology, Challenging Cases During Immediate Assessment, Utility of UroVysion FISH Testing, Differential Diagnosis of Respiratory Adenocarcinoma and Squamous Carcinoma, Critical Cytology Personnel Issues, Diagnosing ASC-US and ASC-H, Quality Assurance Planning and Student Presentations. The ASCT has secured a special hotel base rate of $169 for the nights of April 14–24, giving you a wonderful opportunity to extend your stay. More


Event       Location     Dates Notes

Wisconsin Society of Cytology Conference       Country Springs
      Pewaukee, Wis.
   Oct. 13
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2012 ASCP annual meeting       Boston    
   Oct. 31-Nov. 3
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ASC 60th Annual Scientific Meeting       Las Vegas    
   Nov. 2-6
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CAP Inspection Tips       Your PC    
   2 p.m. EST Nov. 13
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New technologies, methods push imaging capabilities
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Imaging used to be simply defined as the representation of an object's external form. That definition no longer holds true as researchers now look for more than just an image. They look for more information within an image, such as fluorescent tags, mechanobiological parameters, internal structures, fabrication while imaging and the characterization of materials as yet undefined. More

Optimized substance forces cancer cells into death
R&D Magazine    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Many tumor cells have a defective cellular equipment. It is only by a special trick that they manage to distribute their chromosomes correctly to their daughter cells during cell division. Scientists of the German Cancer Research Center have now developed a substance that thwarts this trick and forces cancer cells into death during cell division. The group has now reported their results in the journal Cancer Research. More

Panels of molecular markers improve diagnosis of thyroid cancer
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The application of molecular markers is already significantly improving the diagnosis of thyroid cancer, according to several studies presented during the 82nd annual meeting of the American Thyroid Association, and broader application of mutational panels to tumor samples could help prevent unnecessary surgeries to confirm the diagnosis. Lindsey Kelly, M.D., and colleagues at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center analyzed 501 papillary carcinomas from 480 patients for commonly tested as well as for rare mutations. More

New supercomputer speeds cancer genome analysis to seconds
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The launch of a new genomic supercomputing platform that can speed cancer genome analysis from months to seconds is the result of a collaboration between NantHealth, a health technology company founded by billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong, and several other well-known companies, including Blue Shield of California, Verizon, Bank of America, AT&T, Intel and Hewlett-Packard. The platform analyzed more than 6,000 cancer genomes from more than 3,000 patients with 19 different cancer types in a total time span of 69 hours — or one patient analysis every 47 seconds. Typically, genomic analysis takes roughly eight to 10 weeks to complete. More

Integrated laboratory models
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If you're a lab professional visiting a foreign land, you should have no problem finding a common conversation topic. A recent study confirms the challenges you are facing in your lab are likely to be the same in most of the developed world. More

Morphing brain cells for regenerative therapy
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Scientists have managed to reprogram non-neuronal pericytes found in the human brain directly into action potential-firing immature neurons, using just two transcription factors. The achievement, carried out in cultures of human brain tissue in vitro, could feasibly pave the way to the development of new regenerative treatments for traumatic brain injury or neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer's disease or Parkinson's disease, claim researchers at Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich, who headed the studies. More


Japanese scientists: Mouse stem cells used to produce eggs
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Reaching a long-sought milestone, Japanese researchers have demonstrated in mice that eggs and sperm can be grown from stem cells and combined to produce healthy offspring, pointing to new treatments for infertility. If the achievement can be repeated in humans — and experts said they are optimistic that such efforts will ultimately succeed — the technique could make it easier for women in their 30s or 40s to become mothers. It could also help men and women whose reproductive organs have been damaged by cancer treatments or other causes. More

Research shows how superbug DNA helps predict transmission routes
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Researchers at Ohio State University have discovered a new class of treatment against methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus as well as evidence of a growing need to quickly genotype individual strains of the organism most commonly referred to as a "superbug." The two separate studies were funded by the Ohio State Center for Clinical and Translational Science with a goal of increasing the MRSA knowledge-base from both a basic science "bench" perspective, as well as using real-time data from infected communities to determine how MRSA spreads. More

Infant DNA tests speed diagnosis of rare diseases
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A new method of quickly analyzing the DNA of newborns, zeroing in on mutations that can cause disease, published in the magazine Science Translational Medicine, is a proof of concept – a demonstration in four babies that it is possible to quickly scan a baby's entire DNA and pinpoint a disease-causing mutation in a couple of days instead of the more typical weeks or months. The study's investigators said the test could be one of the first practical fruits of the revolution in sequencing an individual's entire DNA. More

Gene research in the cloud could help cure diseases in the lab
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Understanding the nature of human stem cells and being able to identify and compare their characteristics is crucial for medical research. That's why Morgridge Institute, a nonprofit biomedical researcher based in Madison, Wis., used Cycle Computing's software atop Amazon Web Services infrastructure to process and index human stem cells to build an extensive knowledge base. More

Breast cancer DNA study yields new targets for therapy
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Genetic mapping of hundreds of breast cancer tumors confirmed there are four main subtypes and discovered that one closely resembles ovarian cancer, suggesting the two may be attacked with similar therapies. The study, in which the genomes of 825 breast tumors were sequenced, was the most comprehensive of its type involving the disease. More

Gen Y physicians — including young pathologists — bring different goals and values to their practice of medicine
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As they hire young pathologists, pathology groups and clinical laboratories will need to factor in the generational preferences of these Gen Y physicians. Gen Y doctors take a much different approach to the practice of medicine than the Gen X and baby boomer doctors who preceded them. It will be important for clinical laboratories and pathology groups serving Gen Y physicians to understand these important differences. More


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