Under the Microscope
Feb. 22, 2012

Lab-grown meat is first step to artificial hamburger
BBC News
Dutch scientists have used stem cells to create strips of muscle tissue with the aim of producing the first lab-grown hamburger later this year. The aim of the research is to develop a more efficient way of producing meat than rearing animals.More

Major pancreatic cancer breakthrough with drug trial
International Business Times
Researchers at Cancer Research U.K.'s Cambridge Research Institute carried out an experiment on mice, in which a chemotherapy drug called gemcitabine was combined with an experimental drug called MRK003 resulting in a chain of events that ultimately killed the cancer cells.More

Bird flu paper publication delayed
The Scientist
The journal Science, and possibly Nature, will delay publication of controversial research on strains of the H5N1 flu capable of transmitting aerially between ferrets, instead opting to publish the work in full after further discussions by scientists and bioethicists make clear the best way to proceed.More

Histotechnology Professionals Day!
March 10, 2012 is Histotechnology Professionals Day. This is the day to let the world know what Histotechnology is as a career and an important part of patient healthcare. HPD is a day to recognize and honor the professionals in the field of histology for the behind the scene work they to do to assist in a correct diagnosis for a patient's care.

In honor of the day NSH has a few things to help motivate our members and labs to celebrate and promote the special day.

Check out our website to see what people did last year to promote and celebrate the day and other resources to help plan your celebration. Since March 10 falls on a Saturday this year, most labs are celebrating the week before.

To all those involved in the histotechnology profession, NSH would like to wish you a Happy Histotechnology Professionals Day and let you know we appreciate your passion and dedication!More

NSH 1-Day Forum in Veterinary & Research Histology: A Focus on IHC
Immunohistochemistry not only plays an important role for clinical histologists, but also plays an integral part in the veterinary diagnostic and research laboratory. Come join NSH Sat., March 17 in Bethesda, Md., for an all-day forum focused on IHC applications for those laboratories. This meeting will cover basic and advanced topics in the field of IHC. A group discount is available if you register five or more from your lab! Plus, if you register online you can purchase the Textbook of Veterinary Histology for only $70 and the NSH Animal Processing Manual for $5 and pick up onsite, with no shipping fees! Click here for complete details and to register online.More

Using microscopy to understand wound healing
Researchers funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council are using advanced imaging techniques to uncover the early stages of wound healing in the hope of improving understanding of how the human body heals itself. More

Congress enacts new cut in clinical laboratory test fee schedule
Dark Daily
Congress voted on a temporary funding fix to keep Medicare physician fees at current levels for 10 more months and a reduction in lab test fees was one source of the money that Congress used to fund this bill. Pathologists and clinical laboratory managers will be disappointed to learn that the Medicare Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule was cut by 2 percent when Congress voted to approve a deal to extend the payroll tax cut.More

Microchip implanted to deliver drug shows promise in trial
The New York Times
Scientists have conducted the first human trial of an implantable microchip-based drug delivery device, an assembly that releases precise doses of a drug through a wireless communication link and receives return messages confirming proper operation. In cooperation with two commercial companies, scientists at Harvard, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Case Western Reserve created a chip that holds measured doses of teriparatide, an injectable drug used to treat osteoporosis. More

To understand chromosome reshuffling, look to genome's 3-D structure
That our chromosomes can break and reshuffle pieces of themselves is nothing new. The rules for where chromosomes are likely to break and how the broken pieces come together are only just now starting to come into view. Researchers have helped bring rules into clearer focus by discovering where each of the genome's thousands of genes lie within the cell's nucleus.More

Device to diagnose kidney infection quicker ready for human trials
MedCity News
Doctors may be able to identify signs and symptoms of kidney infections faster than traditional lab tests if a new monitoring tool does well in clinical trials. FAST Diagnostics has developed a small, durable bedside device that detects acute kidney failure by monitoring the presence of in vivo markers that are injected into a patient's bloodstream and fluoresce with use of the device.More

4 cups of coffee a day 'cuts risk' of diabetes
The Daily Mail
Drinking coffee may cut the risk of diabetes, say researchers. Moderate consumption of coffee — four to five cups of coffee a day — may lower the chances of developing type 2 diabetes compared with those drinking it occasionally or not at all. More

Declining autopsy rates affect medicine and public health
American Medical News
A Lexington, Ky., pathologist credits autopsies for many of the medical and public health advancements made in the past few decades. Much of what is known about cardiovascular, kidney and lung disease is due to autopsies, he said. Even the military's body armor has been improved due to common patterns of injury that pathologists identified during autopsies, he said.More