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Special Report: Imagine Science Film Festival

October 31, 2014 3:00 pm | by Cynthia Fox, Science Writer | Articles | Comments

One of the enduring images of this year’s Imagine Science Film Festival, held in New York on Oct. 17 to 24, was that of a girl in a black abeyya lugging a giant white telescope up a hill, escaping her cruel Iranian life to lose herself in the stars in the film “Sepideh.” 

Revealing the Root Causes of Alzheimer’s, Other Diseases

October 31, 2014 11:43 am | News | Comments

In the 1980s, researchers discovered vaults, naturally occurring nanoparticles that are composed...

Lab-made 'Ribozyme' Could Explain Origins of Life

October 30, 2014 12:45 pm | News | Comments

Mimicking natural evolution in a test tube, scientists have devised an enzyme with a...

First Human Stomach Tissues Generated in Lab

October 30, 2014 12:24 pm | Videos | Comments

Scientists used pluripotent stem cells to generate functional, three-dimensional human...

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World-First Embryonic Stem Cell Trial for the Heart

October 30, 2014 9:37 am | by Cynthia Fox, Science Writer | Articles | Comments

The first embryonic stem (ES) cell trial for severe heart failure is launching now in Paris. The long-awaited trial comes after much preclinical cell work on more than 350 rats, 50 immunodeficient mice and 32 non-human primates.       

The Skin Cancer Selfie

October 29, 2014 1:02 pm | Videos | Comments

If melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, is caught early enough it is almost always curable. Now, a camera capable of taking snapshots of the entire human body and rendering high-resolution images of a patient’s skin may help doctors spot cancer early and save lives.

Imaging the Genome

October 28, 2014 3:10 pm | News | Comments

A new study has allowed researchers to peer into unexplored regions of the genome and understand for the first time the role played by more than 250 genes key to cell growth and development.                 

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Mathematical Models Can Predict Cellular Processes

October 28, 2014 2:34 pm | News | Comments

A multi-institutional, international team of researchers studied cells found in breast and other types of connective tissue and discovered new information about cell transitions that take place during wound healing and cancer.          

Algae Virus Found in Healthy Human Throats

October 28, 2014 1:51 pm | News | Comments

Scientists have discovered an algae virus never before seen in the throats of healthy people that may subtly alter a range of cognitive functions including visual processing and spatial orientation in those who harbor it.         

Patient-relevant Preclinical Models Using Image-guided Small Animal Irradiation

October 28, 2014 11:33 am | by Dr. Rajendra Kumari, Chief Scientific Officer, PRECOS Ltd., a Crown Bioscience Company | Articles | Comments

Radiotherapy is a primary, adjuvant or neoadjuvant treatment for a number of different cancers, such as glioblastoma, breast, lung and prostate. Image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT) is used to reduce the amount of radiation delivered to the normal tissue surrounding the targeted tumor. However, in the preclinical setting, the use of IGRT is less common.

Prepacked Chromatography Columns

October 27, 2014 3:17 pm | EMD Millipore | Product Releases | Comments

Chromabolt pre-validated chromatography columns from EMD Millipore come packed with either strong cation exchangers, weak cation exchangers or strong anion exchangers.

Two Stem Cell Beliefs Debunked

October 27, 2014 2:48 pm | News | Comments

Two recent papers may have upturned two common beliefs about adult stem cells: One reported that there appears to be stem cells in the esophagus, while the other reported that a fetal stem cell that can become either a liver cell or an endothelial cell.

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Researchers Observe Brain Development in Utero

October 27, 2014 2:03 pm | Videos | Comments

New investigation methods using functional magnetic resonance tomography (fMRT) offer insights into fetal brain development. These in vivo observations will uncover different stages of the brain's development.              

Triple Quad GC-MS/MS

October 23, 2014 1:06 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The GCMS-TQ8040 with Smart MRM from Shimadzu Scientific Instruments features high-efficiency sample throughput, quick and easy method development, low detection limits and Scan/MRM.

45,000-year-old Modern Human DNA Sequenced

October 23, 2014 11:46 am | News | Comments

A research team has sequenced the genome of a 45,000-year-old modern human male from western Siberia. A genome comparison showed that he lived close in time to when the ancestors of present-day people in Europe and eastern Asia went different ways.

U.S. to Track Everyone Coming from Ebola Nations

October 23, 2014 8:30 am | by Mike Stobbe - AP Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

All travelers who come into the U.S. from three Ebola-stricken West African nations will now be monitored for three weeks, the latest step by federal officials to keep the disease from spreading into the country.            

Gas Analyzer Ideal for Continuous Flow Monitoring

October 22, 2014 2:48 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The MAX300-EGA from Extrel, designed for evolved gas analysis, delivers precision, stability, speed and flexibility for the analysis of off-gas from a thermal analyzer (TGA) or other continuous flow system.

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Tackling Blindness, Deafness Through Neuroengineering

October 22, 2014 2:26 pm | News | Comments

The Bertarelli Program in Translational Neuroscience and Neuroengineering, a collaborative program between Harvard Medical School and the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland, has announced a new set of grants worth $3.6 million for five research projects.

Skin Patch May Replace Syringe for Disease Diagnosis

October 22, 2014 1:46 pm | News | Comments

Drawing blood and testing it is standard practice for many medical diagnostics. As a less painful alternative, scientists are developing skin patches that could one day replace the syringe.                  

Skin Cells Reprogrammed Directly into Brain Cells

October 22, 2014 1:30 pm | News | Comments

Scientists have described a way to convert human skin cells directly into a specific type of brain cell affected by Huntington’s disease, an ultimately fatal neurodegenerative disorder.                   

Imaging and Analysis with Flying Colors: Part One

October 22, 2014 8:30 am | by Mark Clymer, Director of Marketing, Datacolor Inc. | Articles | Comments

Researchers are facing increasing demands from colleagues, peers and publishers for process documentation including adequate controls, and for extensive documentation of experimental parameters. Without such consideration, there would be little chance to repeat, or even validate, findings.

Seeing is Believing: Reproducible Proteomic Studies

October 21, 2014 1:03 pm | by Anton Posch, Senior Scientist, Bio-Rad Laboratories | Articles | Comments

For scientists, the field of proteomics has always been a double-edged sword. On one hand, technologies such as 2-dimensional gel electrophoresis (2-DE) capture a vastly improved picture of protein expression in action. But when others try to reproduce the experiment? The findings can suddenly appear blurry.

Orbitrap-based Mass Spectrometer

October 21, 2014 12:47 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The Thermo Scientific Q Exactive Focus LC-MS/MS is designed to make the qualitative and quantitative power of Orbitrap-based instruments available to customers who use quadrupole time-of-flight (Q-TOF) mass spectrometry or other technologies.

Why Ebola Kills Some People, Others Survive

October 21, 2014 10:29 am | by Lauran Neergaard - AP Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

People who shared an apartment with the country's first Ebola patient are emerging from quarantine healthy. And while Thomas Eric Duncan died and two U.S. nurses were infected caring for him, there are successes, too: A nurse infected in Spain has recovered, as have four American aid workers infected in West Africa. Even there, not everyone dies.

EDXRF for a Wide Range of Samples

October 20, 2014 2:16 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The JSX-1000S ElementEye from JEOL is an easy-to-use, smart solution for high-sensitivity elemental analysis and complements SEM, EPMA, NMR and mass spectrometry.

Fairness is in the Brain

October 20, 2014 12:18 pm | News | Comments

Ever wondered how people figure out what is fair? Look to the brain for the answer. According to a new study, people appreciate fairness in much the same way as they appreciate money for themselves, and also that fairness is not necessarily that everybody gets the same income.

Scientific Evidence Does Not Support 'Brain Game' Claims

October 20, 2014 11:39 am | News | Comments

A group of scholars issued a statement skeptical about the effectiveness of so-called "brain game" products, citing that the scientific track record does not support the claims that these games actually help older adults boost their mental powers.

Stem Cell-based Intestinal Tissue Implanted in Mice

October 20, 2014 10:21 am | Videos | Comments

Researchers have successfully transplanted “organoids” of functioning human intestinal tissue grown from pluripotent stem cells in a lab dish into mice– creating an unprecedented model for studying diseases of the intestine.        

Pre-stained Protein Ladders

October 17, 2014 1:08 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The Chameleon Pre-stained Protein Ladders from LI-COR offer the unique advantage of multi-colored visible and two-color near infrared (NIR) fluorescence detection in a single ladder.

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