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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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23andMe's Plan to Harness Data for Disease Treatments

May 27, 2015 4:48 pm | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Comments

The company's massive database of genetic information it collected over the years will play an important role in this new project.

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In-Depth Look at History’s Largest Genetic Twin Study

May 27, 2015 9:04 am | by Cynthia Fox, Science Writer | Comments

The largest meta-study of twins in history—which examines 14.5 million sets of twins — found that, generally, genes and environment play an equal role in human development.

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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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