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UN Health Chief: Zika Virus is 'Spreading Explosively'

January 28, 2016 10:36 am | by Jamey Keaten and Maria Cheng, Associated Press | News | Comments

Declaring that the Zika virus is "spreading explosively," chief of the World Health Organization announced that it will hold an emergency meeting of independent experts on Monday to decide if the virus outbreak should be declared an international health emergency.


Flexible Denaturing Gradient Gel Electrophoresis (DGGE) System

January 27, 2016 11:40 am | Product Releases | Comments

The next generation OmniPAGE VS20WAVE-DGGE from Cleaver Scientific is a flexible Denaturing Gradient Gel Electrophoresis (DGGE) system.  Modular in design the system can be simply adapted to perform most single-base pair mutation detection techniques that are used in DNA mutation analysis.

CRISPR Used to Repair Blindness-causing Genetic Defect in Patient-derived Stem Cells

January 27, 2016 11:37 am | by Columbia University | News | Comments

Scientists have used a new gene-editing technology called CRISPR to repair a genetic mutation responsible for retinitis pigmentosa (RP), an inherited condition that causes the retina to degrade and leads to blindness in at least 1.5 million cases worldwide.


New Way to Detect Human-Animal Diseases Tested in Lemurs

January 27, 2016 11:31 am | by Duke University | News | Comments

Advances in genetic sequencing are uncovering emerging diseases in wildlife that other diagnostic tests can’t detect.


Scientists Shed Light on Workings of Genetic Regulation

January 27, 2016 11:23 am | by NYU | News | Comments

A team of scientists has uncovered greater intricacy in protein signaling than was previously understood, shedding new light on the nature of genetic production.


New Technique Greatly Enhances Digital Microscopy Images

January 27, 2016 11:17 am | by UCLA | News | Comments

Researchers have created a new technique that greatly enhances digital microscopy images. The development is significant because digital imagery has led to many advances in microscopy, but digital microscopic imaging can sometimes result in blurry, pixilated images.


Brain’s Wiring Connected To Sensory Processing Disorder

January 27, 2016 11:10 am | by UCSF | News | Comments

Researchers have found that boys and girls with sensory processing disorder (SPD) have altered pathways for brain connectivity when compared to typically developing children, and the difference predicts challenges with auditory and tactile processing.


Acoustic Tweezers Manipulate Cells With Sound Waves

January 27, 2016 10:21 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Engineers have devised a way to manipulate cells in three dimensions using sound waves. These “acoustic tweezers” could make possible 3-D printing of cell structures for tissue engineering and other applications, the researchers say.


Food Safety Consortium to Tackle Foodborne Illness

January 27, 2016 9:47 am | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Bio-Rad Laboratories Inc., a life science research and clinical diagnostic products manufacturer has joined IBM Research and Mars Inc. in the Consortium for Sequencing the Food Supply Chain.  The consortium is harnessing the power of genomics and informatics to study microbiomes in food to help prevent contamination and foodborne illness at any step in the food supply chain.


Screener Delivers Rapid, High-Content Cellular Analysis

January 26, 2016 11:09 am | Product Releases | Comments

IntelliCyt, a leading provider of integrated platforms that accelerate drug discovery, antibody screening and immuno-oncology research, introduces the iQue Screener PLUS to the screening market at the 2016 meeting of the Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening (SLAS2016) in San Diego this week.

Newfound Strength in Regenerative Medicine

January 26, 2016 10:57 am | by Wyss Institute | News | Comments

A new study suggests mechanically-driven therapies that promote skeletal muscle regeneration through direct physical stimulation could one day replace or enhance drug and cell-based regenerative treatments.


Rare Find in Two Children Leads to Discovery About Autophagy

January 26, 2016 10:52 am | by University of Michigan | News | Comments

You wouldn't think that two Turkish children, some yeast and a bunch of Hungarian fruit flies could teach scientists much. But in fact, that unlikely combination has just helped an international team make a key discovery about how the brain's "garbage disposal" process works -- and how little needs to go wrong in order for it to break down.


Open-source Laser Fabrication Lowers Costs for Cancer Research

January 26, 2016 10:45 am | by Rice University | News | Comments

In a move that slashes 90 percent of the cost of mass-producing metastatic microtumors and therapeutic microtissues for screening and research, bioengineers have adapted techniques from the "maker" movement to reprogram a commercial laser cutter to etch up to 50,000 tiny "microwells" per hour into sheets of silicone.


Pipette Tip of the Week: Low Retention Tips

January 26, 2016 10:40 am | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Welcome to Pipette Tip of the Week, where each week during the month of January we will bring you one or two pipetting tricks to help your technique in the lab.


Regular Caffeine Intake Doesn't Cause Extra Heartbeats, Study Shows

January 26, 2016 10:40 am | by UCSF | News | Comments

Contrary to current clinical belief, regular caffeine consumption does not lead to extra heartbeats, which, while common, can lead in rare cases to heart-or stroke-related morbidity and mortality, according to researchers.



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