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Fully Automated SPR Instrument

January 20, 2016 11:05 am | Nicoya Lifesciences | Product Releases | Comments

OpenSPR-XT is a fully automated SPR instrument that every lab can afford. It provides researchers with analysis of binding kinetics and affinity of proteins, antibodies, nucleic acids, and more.

Synthetic Biologists Use Bacterial Superglue for Faster Vaccine Development

January 20, 2016 10:59 am | by University of Oxford | News | Comments

An interdisciplinary team of researchers has devised a new technique to speed up the development of novel vaccines.

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Disrupting Cell’s Supply Chain Freezes Cancer Virus

January 20, 2016 10:46 am | by Duke University | News | Comments

When the cancer-causing Epstein-Barr virus moves into a B-cell of the human immune system, it tricks the cell into rapidly making more copies of itself, each of which will carry the virus.

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Cocaine Makes Brain Cells Cannibalize Themselves, Study Says

January 20, 2016 10:20 am | by Johns Hopkins University | News | Comments

Working with mice, researchers contributed significant new evidence to support the idea that high doses of cocaine kill brain cells by triggering overactive autophagy, a process in which cells literally digest their own insides. Their results, moreover, bring with them a possible antidote, an experimental compound dubbed CGP3466B.

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Q&A: Hawaii Baby Born with Defect Linked to Zika Virus

January 20, 2016 9:02 am | by Audrey Mcavoy, Associated Pres | News | Comments

Health officials say a baby born in a Hawaii hospital is the first in the U.S. with a birth defect linked to the Zika virus, a tropical illness currently found in Latin American and Caribbean countries.

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How Can Antibodies Ensure Your Research Stands the Test of Time?

January 20, 2016 8:52 am | by Poulomi Acharya, Global Product Manager, Bio-Rad Laboratories | Articles | Comments

Academic researchers work on average more than 60 hours per week, according to a Inside Higher Ed survey. Why? Many scientists feel the sacrifice is worth it, as they devote their lives to an overwhelmingly important and meaningful human pursuit. Why then would researchers jeopardize the legitimacy of their work over results that could be potentially irreproducible?

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Pipette Tip of the Week: Angle and Consistency

January 20, 2016 8:51 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. 

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Kindred Bio Seeks to Deliver Human Therapies to Pets

January 20, 2016 8:49 am | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Kindred Biosciences, a Burlingame, Calif.-based biopharmaceutical company is looking to bring human therapeutics to pets.

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Precision Water Baths

January 19, 2016 9:57 am | Thermo Fisher Scientific | Product Releases | Comments

Thermo Scientific Precision water baths are designed to save valuable benchtop space with smaller footprints compared to previous models while maintaining excellent temperature uniformity and stability.

Particles Could Reveal Clues to How Egypt Pyramid Was Built

January 19, 2016 9:53 am | by Maram Mazen, Associated Press | News | Comments

An international team of researchers said Sunday they will soon begin analyzing cosmic particles collected inside Egypt's Bent Pyramid to search for clues as to how it was built and learn more about the 4,600-year-old structure.

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Team Develops Wireless, Dissolvable Sensors to Monitor Brain

January 19, 2016 9:50 am | by Washington University in St. Louis | News | Comments

A team of neurosurgeons and engineers has developed wireless brain sensors that monitor intracranial pressure and temperature and then are absorbed by the body, negating the need for surgery to remove the devices.

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New Tool Puts Accurate DNA Analysis in Fast Lane

January 19, 2016 9:43 am | by Rice University | News | Comments

Scientists have developed a tool to speed the design of molecular diagnostics that depend on the specific recognition of pathogen DNA and RNA.

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Effort to Curb Overuse of Antibiotics Amid Cold, Flu Seasons

January 19, 2016 9:22 am | by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

It's cold season, and the miserable continue to trudge in, seeking antibiotics because of mucus turned green, or a cough that has nagged for weeks. Despite years of warnings, doctors still overprescribe antibiotics for acute respiratory infections even though most are caused by viruses that those drugs cannot help.

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Mentally Challenging Activities Key to a Healthy Aging Mind

January 19, 2016 9:09 am | by IOS Press | News | Comments

One of the greatest challenges associated with the growing numbers of aged adults is how to maintain a healthy aging mind. Taking up a new mental challenge such as digital photography or quilting may help maintain cognitive vitality, say researchers.

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Genomics, Cannabidiols Drive Epilepsy Research

January 19, 2016 8:46 am | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Scientists recently converged in Philadelphia for the American Epilepsy Society’s (AES) 69th Annual Meeting, touting new studies and insights in the field of epilepsy. Researchers discussed new findings, including personalized medicine, and the promise of Cannabidiol in human and animal studies.

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