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Abcodia Raises $8M to Launch Ovarian Cancer Screening Test

May 20, 2015 | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Comments

Abcodia announced this week it raised $8 million to bring its ovarian cancer screening test called ROCA to market.

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New Technology Turns Smartphone into a DNA-Scanning Microscope

May 20, 2015 10:02 am | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | Comments

Researchers at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) have developed a new technology that turns a smartphone into a DNA-scanning fluorescent microscope.  Lead researcher Aydogan Ozcan, Howard Hughes Medical Institute chancellor professor at UCLA, sat down with Bioscience Technology to talk about this advancement and its implications for resource-poor labs, and for personalized medicine.

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Cognition Improves After Supplemented Mediterranean Diet, Finds a Rare Trial

May 19, 2015 8:54 am | by Cynthia Fox, Science Writer | Comments

Cognition improves in older people who eat a plant-based Mediterranean diet with antioxidant-rich extra virgin olive oil or mixed nuts, according to rare clinical trial research published by JAMA Internal Medicine.

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Hong Kong to Use DNA Technology to Publicly Shame Litterbugs

May 18, 2015 11:42 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

DNA phenotyping is just starting to be used to track down criminals, generate new leads on cold-case homicides, and put faces to unidentified and missing people. Now in Hong Kong, it’s being used to threaten litterbugs with public shame, according to organizers of a new anti-polluting campaign.

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Microchip Captures Circulating Tumor Clusters, Providing Clue to Cancer’s Spread

May 18, 2015 11:01 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

A tiny microfluidic chip can capture circulating clusters of tumor cells, researchers said. The finding could provide important new clues about how cancer spreads – and could even be a “breakthrough technology,” they said.

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The U.S. Installs New Guidelines for Genetic Testing Accuracy

May 18, 2015 10:00 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Comments

The hope is that this standard can be used among the scientific community to see how well their genomic analysis tools match up.

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Five Biotech Startups to Check Out This Month

May 18, 2015 8:53 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Comments

These companies are having an interesting year so far.

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Vitamin D Levels Help Predict Survival of Sick Cats

May 15, 2015 10:39 am | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | Comments

Vitamin D could give your sickly feline friend its 10th life, according to a recent study. New research from the University of Edinburgh found that higher levels of vitamin D were linked to increased survival changes for hospitalized cats.

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Personalized Screening Test for Ovarian Cancer Shows Encouraging Results

May 13, 2015 9:32 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Comments

Standard versions of this screening process would have only been able to pinpoint ovarian cancer in less than half of this group.

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GSK Creates New Startup to Find Cure for HIV

May 12, 2015 9:14 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Comments

GlaxoSmithKline and the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill are teaming up to run this operation. 

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The BioDigital Human: Exploring Health in 3D

May 12, 2015 8:39 am | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | Comments

It has been hailed as the equivalent of Google Maps for the human body by The New York Times, and now the award-winning mobile-friendly platform BioDigital Human is looking to change the way healthcare information is shared, consumed and understood.

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Humans Beat Supercomputer at Poker – but Barely

May 11, 2015 10:00 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

Four of the world’s best Texas Hold ‘Em poker players squared off against a computer called Claudico during a two-week tournament at a Pittsburgh casino. Some $170 million was “bet” during the “Brains Vs. Artificial Intelligence” exhibition over 80,000 hands.

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Bioscience Bulletin

May 11, 2015 9:38 am | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | Comments

In case you missed any exciting news on Bioscience Technology last week, here is a round-up of the top five most popular stories.

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IBM Starts New Precision Medicine Program

May 11, 2015 9:14 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Comments

Watson, the supercomputer seen on Jeopardy, will play an important role in this partnership.

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Origin of Complex Life

May 8, 2015 10:33 am | by Cynthia Fox, Science Writer | Comments

Complex life – from humans to hamsters--may have evolved suddenly from a rare event. After two billion years of simple bacterial and archaeal life reigning on earth, an archaea may have swallowed a bacterium, and become a new creature with enough energy to grow and diversity like never before: the eukaryote.

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Enhanced Analysis of Extracellular Vesicles with Imaging Flow Cytometry

May 8, 2015 10:11 am | by Sherree Friend, Ph.D. Product Manager, Amnis, and Robin Clark, Content Development Scientist, EMD Millipore | Comments

The translation of extracellular vesicle research to the clinic to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of many disease types will require the development of standard assays for their characterization and quantification. The challenge of such analysis lies in the submicron size (generally 50-1000 nm in diameter) of each vesicle, as well as the complexity of the biofluids in which they are typically suspended.

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