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Supreme Court upholds healthcare reform law, including research-related provisions
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In a 5-4 vote on the signature legislative achievement of Barack Obama's presidency, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, including the central, controversial provision requiring the uninsured to buy health insurance. … With the law upheld in its entirety, provisions relevant to biomedical research and commercialization were preserved. More

Many more H1N1 flu deaths in 2009 than previously thought
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New estimates suggest that the number of deaths that occurred during the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic may have been 15 times higher than reports to the World Health Organization (WHO) initially indicated. Fatimah S. Dawood, M.D., a medical officer epidemiologist in the Influenza Division at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia, and colleagues report their findings in an article published online in the Lancet Infectious Diseases. More

HIV treatment adds safe once-a-day pill
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VideoBrief A new once-daily "Quad" pill might be added to the arsenal of effective HIV treatments in the near future, according to a new study published in the Lancet. The drug, which combines several medications into one, could help patients take fewer pills in the future. More

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Perspectives on genotype-driven research recruitment
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Genotype-driven research recruitment is a potentially powerful tool for studying the functional significance of human genetic variation. With this approach, investigators use an existing study population for which genetic analyses have been conducted to identify individuals who possess a gene variant of interest. Those individuals are then invited to participate in further research involving in-depth phenotyping to better understand the relationship between observable traits and that gene variant. This kind of "recruitment by genotype" eliminates the time-consuming and expensive step of screening new populations to find subjects who have the variant of interest. More

Taking the fate of stem cells in hand: Researchers generate immature nerve cells
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German biologists have deliberately transformed stem cells from the spinal cord of mice into immature nerve cells. This was achieved by changing the cellular environment, known as the extracellular matrix, using the substance sodium chlorate. More

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9 tips on optimizing instrument/equipment maintenance
Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The life science industry is experiencing watershed changes that are directly driving the need to increase research efficiency while minimizing costs. This "perfect storm" includes pressure to reduce the cost of healthcare, blockbuster drugs reaching their patent end of life, biosimilar proliferation and weak pipelines — to name a few issues. For individual laboratories, these complex factors often are resulting in ambitious cost-saving requirements. More

CDC proposes testing baby boomers for hepatitis C
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A new proposal to screen all baby boomers for hepatitis C means doctors face the prospect of educating an entire generation about an infection often associated with risky behaviors, such as sharing needles and unprotected sexual contact. More

FDA approves quick ID test for sepsis
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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the first nucleic acid test capable of quickly detecting sepsis and identifying markers of microbial resistance. In less than 2.5 hours, the Gram-Positive Blood Culture Nucleic Acid Test (BC-GP; Nanosphere Inc) detects the presence of 12 gram-positive bacteria in blood samples, including methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, vancomycin-resistant Enterococci, and Listeria. More

Research: Parkinson's disease gene identified with help of Mennonite family
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An international team led by human genetic researchers at the University of British Columbia and Vancouver Coastal Health has identified the latest gene associated with typical late-onset Lewy body Parkinson's disease, with the help of a Canadian Mennonite family of Dutch-German-Russian ancestry. Twelve of the 57 members of the Saskatchewan family who participated in the study had previously been diagnosed with PD. More

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Naked ZFNs point to more efficient, safer gene therapy
Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Researchers have made the surprising discovery that DNA cutting zinc finger nucleases (ZFNs) can directly penetrate into cells and don't need to be delivered as DNA constructs using vectors. The discovery, by Carlos F. Barbas III, Ph.D., and colleagues at The Scripps Research Institute, could feasibly lead to the development of much simpler and safer was of editing the genetic content of either stem cells or differentiated cells developed as treatments for diseases including HIV. More

International experts: Failed war on drugs feeding HIV/AIDS
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The war on drugs is a failure that is fuelling the global HIV/AIDS epidemic, according to a new report from an international panel of experts. The report from the Global Commission on Drug Policy – which includes six former presidents, British business magnate Richard Branson and former Supreme Court of Canada Justice and U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour – condemns tough enforcement policies that focus on criminalization and punishment over prevention and public health programs. More

Stem cell bank at University of Massachusetts to close at year's end
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The stem cell bank at the University of Massachusetts is set to run out of cash and close at the end of this year. State and university officials tell The Boston Globe that changes in technology and federal policies around stem cell research have made obsolete the facility at the U-Mass Medical Center's Shrewsbury campus. More

App connects rare disease researchers to data
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Investigators of rare and neglected diseases can access some of the latest research in the field, plus data about the disorders themselves, through a recently launched free app for Apple devices. Sean Ekins, Ph.D., D.Sc., a consultant on computational drug discovery research, and Alex M. Clark, Ph.D., a designer of software for drug discovery scientists, have created Open Drug Discovery Teams (ODDT). The app aggregates chemistry data (such as molecular structure, reactions, and datasheets) and other open science data captured on a server through Twitter hashtags, as well as from RSS feeds, with each topic paired with a feed created via Google Alerts. More

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Physician adoption of EHRs accelerates, but rural providers slow to embrace EHRs
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As larger numbers of physicians implement electronic health record (EHR) systems, clinical laboratories are faced with the task of building interfaces that connect their laboratory information systems (LIS) to those EHRs. More

Even some scientists are math-challenged
HealthDay via U.S. News & World Report    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Scientists pay less attention to new theories that are jam-packed with mathematical details, a tendency that presents a barrier to scientific progress, according to a new study. A team at the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom found that scientific articles with many equations on each page are seldom referred to by other scientists. More

New Jersey senate passes bill to make needle exchange program permanent
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A bill sponsored by state senators Joseph F. Vitale and Nia H. Gill that would expand New Jersey's sterile syringe and needle exchange program to help reduce the prevalence of transmitted bloodborne diseases such as HIV and hepatitis C through shared intravenous needles was approved by the full state Senate. The bill would make permanent the "Bloodborne Disease Harm Reduction Act" – a 2006 law that created a needle exchange pilot program for six municipalities in the state. More

Europe will increase clinical pathology lab testing volume by 69 percent
in only 7 years

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Are clinical laboratories in the United States and other developed nations around the world capable of meeting the expected surge of medical laboratory testing that is expected to come as large numbers of people age into their 60s and 70s? That is a question which has yet to be answered with much confidence by leading healthcare experts. More

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