Under the Microscope
Apr. 8, 2015

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Scientific posters
The purpose of the posters is to generate interest in laboratory technology and to share knowledge of a specific or unique nature. Poster Sessions provide an effective means of stimulating discussion and allow for a more personal exchange of ideas. You can design an individual poster or make it a laboratory effort!More

Personalized cancer vaccines have already helped treat 3 patients
The Washington Post
One day, cancer treatment regimens might include vaccines specially tailored to each patient. In a small preliminary study published recently in Science, researchers report successful use of these vaccines in three patients. To help the melanoma patients fight off their cancers, the researchers sequenced the genomes of their tumors.More

Ebola lessons applied to vaccine clinical trials
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
In a perspective published recently in the journal Science, researchers from Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and other institutions drew on lessons learned in the ongoing Ebola epidemic in West Africa to suggest guidelines for conducting vaccine clinical trials during an infectious disease emergency.More

Science, patients driving rare disease drug research surge
San Antonio Express-News
The global pharmaceutical industry is pouring billions of dollars into developing treatments for rare diseases, which once drew little interest from major drugmakers but now point the way toward a new era of innovative therapies and big profits.More

Research reveals brain scans could identify concussion-related disease
National Monitor
New findings reveal that a brain scan could provide those who risk further brain injury an early warning that long-term damage with consequences has already happened. As of yet, the only people who have received a conclusive diagnosis of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, CTE, have been those examined postmortem, primarily former athletes who died from dementia or suicide, according to the Los Angeles Times. More

Gut immune system identified as a new and effective target in treating diabetes
Medical Xpress
A commonly used drug to treat inflammatory bowel disease, such as Crohn's disease, has been shown to lower blood sugar levels in obese mice, potentially identifying the gut immune system as a new and effective target in treating diabetes in humans.More

Device separates cancer cells with sound
Laboratory Equipment
A simple blood test may one day replace invasive biopsies thanks to a new device that uses sound waves to separate blood-borne cancer cells from white blood cells. Carnegie Mellon University President Subra Suresh and fellow researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and The Pennsylvania State University report the latest advancement that brings their device one step closer to clinical use in a paper published recently in the online early edition of PNAS.More

DiscoveryBioMed receives $1.6 million grant to fight metabolic diseases
Birmingham Business Journal
Birmingham biotech firm DiscoveryBioMed has received a $1.6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to fight multiple diseases caused by high blood pressure, such as type 2 diabetes and obesity.More

New guidelines on colorectal cancer molecular testing
A group of professional societies has released a draft of a clinical practice guideline on the use of molecular marker testing for patients with primary or metastatic colorectal carcinoma. This new evidence-based guideline will help establish standard molecular marker testing, guide targeted therapies, and advance personalized care for these patients, according to the American Society for Clinical Pathology, the College of American Pathologists, the Association for Molecular Pathology, and the American Society of Clinical Oncology.More

China's genome-mapping giant BGI poised to become an international leader in gene sequencing and may play major role in interpretation of genetic test results
Dark Daily
If experts are right, a company in China is poised to become the world's largest at gene sequencing. In addition, the huge volume of genetic data it generates is expected to give this company the world's largest database of genetic information. Such developments could mean that, in just a few years, many pathologists and molecular Ph.D.s in the United States will be accessing this trove of genetic data as they conduct research to identify new biomarkers or work with clinical specimens. More