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System to Automate Operation of Real-Time PCR Instruments

July 2, 2015 11:31 am | Product Releases | Comments

 Bio-Rad Laboratories Inc. announced the launch of its CFX Automation System II, a robotic plate handler that enables high-throughput, walk-away real-time PCR automation for all Bio-Rad CFX Real-Time PCR Detection Systems. The new system is ideally suited to meet the high-throughput real-time PCR requirements of today’s drug discovery and screening workflows by facilitating hands-off, around-the-clock data generation and analysis.

Researchers Define Unique Group of High-Risk Lymphoma Patients

July 2, 2015 11:15 am | by University of Rochester | News | Comments

The goal for many cancer patients is to reach the five-year, disease-free mark, but new research from UR Medicine’s Wilmot Cancer Institute suggests that two years might be a more practical survival goal for people with follicular lymphoma.

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Study Offers Clue to Link Between Swine Flu Shot, Narcolepsy

July 2, 2015 11:07 am | by Lauran Neergaard, Associated Press | News | Comments

One vaccine used in Europe during the 2009 swine flu pandemic was linked to rare cases of a baffling side effect - the sleep disorder narcolepsy. Now new research offers a clue to what happened.

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Too Exhausted to Fight – and to Do Harm

July 2, 2015 10:58 am | by University of Cambridge | News | Comments

An ‘exhausted’ army of immune cells may not be able to fight off infection, but if its soldiers fight too hard they risk damaging the very body they are meant to be protecting, suggests new research.

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Chemists Design a Quantum-dot Spectrometer

July 2, 2015 10:40 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT | News | Comments

New instrument is small enough to function within a smartphone, enabling portable light analysis.

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Forgetfulness and Errors Can Signal Alzheimer’s Decades Before Diagnosis

July 2, 2015 10:29 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Mistakes on memory and thought tests may give an indication of the future onset of Alzheimer’s, up to 18 years before diagnosis, according to a new study.

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Ex-Iowa State Scientist Gets Prison for Faking HIV Research

July 2, 2015 10:15 am | by David Pitt, Associated Press | News | Comments

A former Iowa State University scientist who altered blood samples to make it appear he had achieved a breakthrough toward a potential vaccine against HIV was sentenced Wednesday to more than 4 1/2 years in prison for making false statements in research reports.

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Rearming Immune Cells Blasts Ovarian Cancer in Mice

July 2, 2015 9:47 am | by Cynthia Fox, Science Writer | Articles | Comments

One reason ovarian cancer is so deadly: it turns off immune cells that try to fight it. A Weill Cornell Medical College team has found that disarming a gene called XBP1 rearms immune cells—which successfully combat ovarian cancer.

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Microarray for Research into Haematological and Solid Cancers

July 1, 2015 12:56 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Oxford Gene Technology (OGT) released a new microarray designed to improve the accuracy and efficiency of cancer research. The CytoSure Cancer +SNP array (4x180k) combines long oligo array comparative genomic hybridisation (aCGH) probes with fully validated single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) content.

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Failure of Cells’ ‘Garbage Disposal’ System May Contribute to Alzheimer’s

July 1, 2015 12:54 pm | by Yale University | News | Comments

Lysosomes, the “garbage disposal” systems of cells, are found in great abundance near the amyloid plaques in the brain that are a hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease. Scientists have long assumed that their presence was helpful — that they were degrading the toxic proteins that trigger amyloid plaque formation.  

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Researchers Develop Innovative Gene Transfer-based Treatment Approach

July 1, 2015 12:37 pm | by UNC | News | Comments

The experimental treatment uses a genetically modified virus to deliver a missing gene into the cerebrospinal fluid of children with giant axonal neuropathy (GAN).

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Stem Cell Gene Therapy Holds Promise for Eliminating HIV Infection

July 1, 2015 10:48 am | by UCLA | News | Comments

Scientists are one step closer to engineering a tool that could one day arm the body’s immune system to fight HIV — and win. The new technique harnesses the regenerative capacity of stem cells to generate an immune response to the virus.

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A First: New Guidelines Back Device for Treating Strokes

July 1, 2015 9:58 am | by Marilynn Marchione, AP Chief Medical Writer | News | Comments

Many stroke patients have a new treatment option -- if they seek help fast enough to get it. New guidelines endorse using a removable stent to open clogged arteries causing a stroke.

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‘Centipede from Hell’ Discovered Deep in Croatian Mountain

July 1, 2015 9:36 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Deep under a mountain in Croatia, lurking in the darkest and deepest caves known to man, lurks a predator. Its powerful jaws bear poison glands, it has elongated antennae to feel out the unremitting dark and long curved claws allow it to seize and tightly hold prey.

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Baby Kangaroo Given Second Chance – in Wallaby Pouch

July 1, 2015 9:08 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Makaia, a baby tree kangaroo, was just over 5-weeks-old after his 3-year-old mother was killed by a falling tree branch in November at an Australian zoo. So, the zookeepers set the kangaroo up with a foster mother– a wallaby.

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