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Research shows how superbug DNA helps predict transmission routes
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Researchers at Ohio State University have discovered a new class of treatment against methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus as well as evidence of a growing need to quickly genotype individual strains of the organism most commonly referred to as a "superbug." The two separate studies were funded by the Ohio State Center for Clinical and Translational Science with a goal of increasing the MRSA knowledge-base from both a basic science "bench" perspective, as well as using real-time data from infected communities to determine how MRSA spreads. More

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Infant DNA tests speed diagnosis of rare diseases
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A new method of quickly analyzing the DNA of newborns, zeroing in on mutations that can cause disease, published in the magazine Science Translational Medicine, is a proof of concept – a demonstration in four babies that it is possible to quickly scan a baby's entire DNA and pinpoint a disease-causing mutation in a couple of days instead of the more typical weeks or months. The study's investigators said the test could be one of the first practical fruits of the revolution in sequencing an individual's entire DNA. More

Japanese scientists: Mouse stem cells used to produce eggs
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Reaching a long-sought milestone, Japanese researchers have demonstrated in mice that eggs and sperm can be grown from stem cells and combined to produce healthy offspring, pointing to new treatments for infertility. If the achievement can be repeated in humans — and experts said they are optimistic that such efforts will ultimately succeed — the technique could make it easier for women in their 30s or 40s to become mothers. It could also help men and women whose reproductive organs have been damaged by cancer treatments or other causes. More

Integrated laboratory models
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If you're a lab professional visiting a foreign land, you should have no problem finding a common conversation topic. A recent study confirms the challenges you are facing in your lab are likely to be the same in most of the developed world. More

Is mass spectrometry ready to challenge ELISA for medical laboratory testing applications?
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There is a growing role for mass spectrometry in clinical laboratory testing. However, the pace of adoption will depend on further technology enhancements, in tandem with new clinical applications yet to emerge from research laboratories. One such innovation was announced by researchers at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, who developed a new technique that uses mass spec to identify protein biomarkers associated with cancer and other diseases. More

CellaVision Automates and Standardizes the Manual Differential

CellaVision introduces CellAtlas®, the perfect way to learn the basics of hematology cell morphology. This App for the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch compliments our digital cell morphology portfolio, and is an educational tool to assist in the recognition and classification of blood cells, by utilizing mini-lectures and cell quizzes. More
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New England pharmacy linked to deadly meningitis outbreak issues recall
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The pharmacy that distributed a steroid linked to an outbreak of fungal meningitis has issued a voluntary recall of all of its products, calling the move a precautionary measure. The New England Compounding Center announced the recall. The company said in a news release that the move was taken out of an abundance of caution because of the risk of contamination. More

Squaring genetic vs clinical findings in familial polyposis
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Familial adenomatous polyposis is caused by mutations in the APC gene and 2 different, or biallelic mutations, in the MUTYH gene. However, not all patients with colorectal polyposis are found to carry mutations on these genes. In addition, it is unclear how the extent of polyp burden or the age at development of the first adenoma corresponds to the likelihood of finding mutations in either of these two genes. More

Might smallpox virus help fight a lethal breast cancer?
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New animal research suggests it may be possible to use a form of smallpox virus to infect and kill the tumor cells of a particularly virulent form of breast cancer. To date, this novel approach to attacking what's known as triple-negative breast cancer has centered exclusively around work with mice. By loading up the live "vaccinia" virus in the smallpox vaccine with a specific type of protein, researchers found they could target and disable these particular cancer cells. More

New technologies and methods push imaging capabilities
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Imaging used to be simply defined as the representation of an object's external form. That definition no longer holds true as researchers now look for more than just an image. They look for more information within an image, such as fluorescent tags, mechanobiological parameters, internal structures, fabrication while imaging and the characterization of materials as yet undefined. More

Study finds increase in fraud in research journals
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Fraud in scientific research, while still rare, is growing at a troubling pace, a new study finds. A review of retractions in medical and biological peer-reviewed journals finds the percentage of studies withdrawn because of fraud or suspected fraud has jumped substantially since the mid-1970s. In 1976, there were fewer than 10 fraud retractions for every 1 million studies published, compared with 96 retractions per million in 2007. More

Breast cancer needle biopsy in 'granular' detail
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There are now even more reasons to use less invasive, more efficient needle biopsy in the diagnosis of breast cancer. In a study of 1,135 breast cancer patients in Vermont, needle biopsy – and the related preoperative diagnosis of cancer — improved surgical outcomes, compared with open biopsy. More

New supercomputer speeds cancer genome analysis to seconds
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The launch of a new genomic supercomputing platform that can speed cancer genome analysis from months to seconds is the result of a collaboration between NantHealth, a health technology company founded by billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong, and several other well-known companies, including Blue Shield of California, Verizon, Bank of America, AT&T, Intel and Hewlett-Packard. The platform analyzed more than 6,000 cancer genomes from more than 3,000 patients with 19 different cancer types in a total time span of 69 hours — or one patient analysis every 47 seconds. Typically, genomic analysis takes roughly eight to 10 weeks to complete. More

Gen Y physicians — including young pathologists — bring different goals and values to their practice of medicine
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As they hire young pathologists, pathology groups and clinical laboratories will need to factor in the generational preferences of these Gen Y physicians. Gen Y doctors take a much different approach to the practice of medicine than the Gen X and baby boomer doctors who preceded them. It will be important for clinical laboratories and pathology groups serving Gen Y physicians to understand these important differences. More

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