ASCLS eNewsBytes
May. 12, 2015

New point-of-care test for anemia that patients can administer themselves has potential to impact pathology groups and clinical laboratories
DARK Daily
New diagnostic technology may shift some hemoglobin testing for anemia out of clinical laboratories and into near-patient settings. It may also be possible to use this new diagnostic device for patient self-testing.More

ASCLS Annual Meeting, Clinical Lab Expo and Advanced Management Institute: Don't miss the hottest conferences this summer!
And hot it will be indeed! Join us this summer in Atlanta for the ASCLS Annual Meeting, Clinical Lab Expo and Advanced Management Institute. The AMI will be held July 26-27, and the ASCLS Annual Meeting and Clinical Lab Expo will be held July 28-Aug. 1. Register now. Early registration ends June 8. For more information, visit

New technique allows researchers to see gene activity in single cells in a living animal for the 1st time
Health Canal
For the first time, researchers can see and reliably measure how genes turn on and off in individual cells in a living animal — and they can track that gene activity through the animal's entire life. This new technique, described in a paper published in the journal PLOS ONE, will allow researchers to explore heretofore unanswered questions about the role of random variation in cancer and aging, said Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center molecular biologist Roger Brent, Ph.D., who led the study.More

New type of stem cell could make it easier to grow human organs
Nature via Scientific American
A newly discovered type of stem cell could help provide a model for early human development — and, eventually, allow human organs to be grown in large animals such as pigs or cows for research or therapeutic purposes. Juan Carlos Izpisua Belmonte, a developmental biologist at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, California, and his colleagues stumbled across a previously unknown variety of pluripotent cell — which can give rise to any type of tissue — while attempting to graft human pluripotent stem cells into mouse embryos.More

Study shows measles vaccine thwarts other infectious diseases
The measles vaccine provides benefits beyond merely protecting against that highly contagious viral respiratory disease that remains a leading childhood killer in parts of the world, scientists say. By blocking the measles infection, the vaccine prevents measles-induced immune system damage that makes children much more vulnerable to numerous other infectious diseases for two to three years, a study found.More

Study: Odd histone helps suppress jumping genes in stem cells
Lab Manager
A family of proteins known as histones provides support and structure to DNA, but for years, scientists have been puzzling over occasional outliers among these histones, which appear to exist for specific, but often mysterious reasons. Now, researchers have uncovered a new purpose for one such histone variant: preventing genetic mutations by keeping certain so-called "jumping genes" in place.More

Ebola survivors may develop eye disease
HealthDay News
An American doctor who survived Ebola had traces of the virus in his eye fluid long after it was no longer present in his blood, his physicians say. The finding suggests that other Ebola survivors should be monitored for possible Ebola-related eye problems, the doctors report in a new case study.More

Scientists aim to forecast West Nile outbreaks
National Center for Atmospheric Research via Infection Control Today
New research has identified correlations between weather conditions and the occurrence of West Nile virus disease in the United States, raising the possibility of being able to better predict outbreaks. The study, by researchers with the National Center for Atmospheric Research and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, finds strong correlations across much of the country between an increased occurrence of West Nile virus disease and above average temperatures in the preceding year. More

Scientists resolve debate over how many bacteria fight off invaders
Rockefeller University via ScienceDaily
Every inch of our body, inside and out, is oozing with bacteria. In fact, the human body carries 10 times the number of bacterial cells as human cells. Many are our friends, helping us digest food and fight off infections, for instance. But much about these abundant organisms, upon which our life depends, remains mysterious. New research finally cracks the code of a fundamental process bacteria use to defend themselves against invaders.More

Virus-based malaria vaccine shows promise in early trial
Medical News Today
A field trial of a new malaria vaccine that uses viruses carrying malaria antigen to stimulate the immune system to resist the pathogen has reported promising early results. The international consortium conducting the Kenyan trial reports its findings in the journal Science Translational Medicine.More