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Easier Hybridization for Microarrays

March 26, 2013 2:09 pm | by Mike May, PhD | Articles | Comments

Microarrays started as research tools and now often appear in clinical applications. To survey some of the hybridization systems available for this technology, we talked with experts from Agilent, SciGene, and Tecan.

Monoclonal Antibody Targets, Kills Leukemia Cells

March 26, 2013 10:34 am | News | Comments

Researchers have identified a humanized monoclonal antibody that targets and directly kills chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) cells. The findings represent a potential new therapy for treating at least some patients with CLL, the most common type of blood cancer in the United States.

46-gene Test Can Predict Cancer Treatment Response

March 25, 2013 11:39 am | News | Comments

The first multi-gene test that can help predict cancer patients' responses to treatment using the latest DNA sequencing techniques has been launched in the NHS. The test detects mutations across 46 genes in cancer cells.

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Teaming Up Against Head Injury

March 25, 2013 11:14 am | by Cynthia Fox | Articles | Comments

Under the crushing weight of many new studies finding even small head injuries can cause massive damage, the National Football League (NFL) has launched a new $60 million brain initiative. The initiative is co-sponsored by General Electric (GE).

The Neuroscience of Finding Lost Keys

March 22, 2013 10:33 am | News | Comments

Ever find yourself racking your brain on a Monday morning to remember where you put your car keys? When you do find those keys, you can thank the hippocampus, a brain region responsible for storing and retrieving memories of different environments- such as that room where your keys were hiding in an unusual spot.

Inflammation: From Mummies to Melanoma

March 21, 2013 1:46 pm | by Cynthia Fox | Articles | Comments

Inflammation is stirring up headlines again. Anti-inflammatory aspirin prevented thousands more cancers. The anti-inflammatory “miracle molecule” resveratrol came back. Psychologists report inflammation is stoked by even minor tensions. And archaeologists say all this knowledge is long overdue, as even Egyptian mummies have clogged arteries. We have been plagued by inflammation since the time of the Pharaohs.

Humanoid Robot Helps Train Children with Autism

March 21, 2013 11:32 am | News | Comments

An interdisciplinary team of mechanical engineers and autism experts at Vanderbilt University have developed a system that demonstrates that robotic systems may be powerful tools for enhancing the basic social learning skills of children with autism spectrum disorder.

Researchers Publish Improved Neanderthal Genome

March 19, 2013 6:32 pm | by FRANK JORDANS - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

Researchers in Germany said Tuesday they have completed the first high-quality sequencing of a Neanderthal genome and are making it freely available online for other scientists to study. The genome produced from remains of a toe bone found in a Siberian cave is far more detailed than a previous Neanderthal genome sequenced three years ago by the same team.

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Life Science Products Debut at Pittcon

March 19, 2013 3:01 pm | News | Comments

Pittcon 2013 continues to showcase the release of groundbreaking products for a variety of life science applications.

The Quest to Mimic Spider Silk

March 19, 2013 1:29 pm | by Skip Derra | Articles | Comments

To many people, spider webs are a nuisance, something that needs to be knocked down and cleared out of the way. They’re reminders that you haven’t cleaned lately. To Jeffery Yarger, spider webs, and more specifically the spider silk that makes up the webs, are structures of beauty, especially when you look at them at the microscopic level.

Pittcon 2013 Kicks Off

March 18, 2013 2:43 pm | News | Comments

As Pittcon 2013 kicks off this week, companies are unveiling their latest products to the market.

Vitamin E Can Help Prevent Cancer

March 15, 2013 10:31 am | News | Comments

Researchers have identified an elusive anti-cancer property of vitamin E that has long been presumed to exist, but difficult to find.

Dual Approach May Bring Universal Flu Shot

March 15, 2013 9:44 am | News | Comments

Researchers report that influenza virus-specific CD8+ T cells or virus-specific non-neutralizing antibodies are each relatively ineffective at conferring protective immunity alone. But, when combined, the virus-specific CD8 T cells and non-neutralizing antibodies cooperatively elicit robust protective immunity.

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The Importance of Genomics for Cancer Research

March 14, 2013 10:20 am | by Ruth Burton, PhD, Product Manager Genomic Solutions, Oxford Gene Technology | Articles | Comments

Despite significant advances, cancer remains one of the predominant causes of mortality in the modern world, and as such has remained a top research priority. It is a complex and continually evolving genetic disease and, as such, requires sophisticated tools for study.

Single Concussion May Cause Lasting Brain Damage

March 12, 2013 12:37 pm | News | Comments

A single concussion may cause lasting structural damage to the brain, according to a new study.

HIV Destroyed by Toxic Bee Venom

March 8, 2013 10:39 am | News | Comments

Nanoparticles carrying a toxin found in bee venom can destroy human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) while leaving surrounding cells unharmed, researchers have shown.

Nobel Aspirations

March 6, 2013 3:53 pm | by Cynthia Fox | Blogs | Comments

Over the last few months, the Nobel Prize has generated much controversy—again. More than 3,000 scientists contributed to the most high profile science event of 2012: the discovery of the Higgs boson subatomic particle. Yet the Nobel can only be split between three laureates. Was the Nobel Prize finally obsolete, the press fretted, in one angst-ridden blog after another?

The Search for Inner (Organ) Peace

March 5, 2013 11:55 am | by Cynthia Fox | Articles | Comments

A half-century quest for a holy grail of organ transplantation seemed on the verge of ending in March 2012 when a group of researchers announced some kidney transplant patients had been drug-free for more than a year. This January, they did it again.

Scientists Say Baby Born with HIV Apparently Cured

March 3, 2013 6:29 pm | by LAURAN NEERGAARD - AP Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

A baby born with the AIDS virus appears to have been cured, scientists announced Sunday, describing the case of a child from Mississippi who's now 2½ and has been off medication for about a year with no signs of infection. There's no guarantee the child will remain healthy, although sophisticated testing uncovered just traces of the virus' genetic material still lingering.

The Beauty and Benefits of Science

February 28, 2013 4:00 pm | by Cynthia Fox | Articles | Comments

“Genetic engineering is moving faster than anything we have ever seen.” With these words, Harvard University genomics pioneer George Church captured the excitement of many talks at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Clearing Out Problem Proteins

February 26, 2013 10:40 am | by Skip Derra | Articles | Comments

Treatments for Alzheimer’s disease have eluded researchers for decades. A major reason for this is because researchers have not pinned down a clear mechanism for the disease. Without knowing what causes Alzheimer’s, researchers have not been successful in developing effective treatment regimens to combat it.

Spider Skin Image Captures Grand Prize in FEI Image Contest

February 13, 2013 1:59 pm | News | Comments

FEI announced that Maria Carbajo from the Universidad de Extemadura, Spain, is the winner of the FEI Image Contest for her “Spider Skin” image. Carbajo’s entry shows the texture of the skin of a spider, with a hair root and brochosomes from a leafhopper preyed upon by the spider.

BST Update

February 12, 2013 2:05 pm | Videos | Comments

In this video, Tim Studt, Editorial Direct for Advantage Business Media's Science Group, presents results from the 2012 Global R & D Funding Forecast and discusses what these results mean for the life sciences.

Cell Circuits Remember Their History

February 11, 2013 1:35 pm | News | Comments

MIT engineers have created genetic circuits in bacterial cells that not only perform logic functions, but also remember the results, which are encoded in the cell’s DNA and passed on for dozens of generations. The circuits could be used as long-term environmental sensors, efficient controls for biomanufacturing, or to program stem cells to differentiate into other cell types.

Implants Make Light Work of Fixing Broken Bones

February 8, 2013 10:14 am | News | Comments

Artificial bone, created using stem cells and a new lightweight plastic, could soon be used to heal shattered limbs. The use of bone stem cells combined with a degradable rigid material that inserts into broken bones and encourages real bone to re-grow has been developed at the Universities of Edinburgh and Southampton.

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