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SF Biotech Firm Sparsa Inc. to Develop Houston Methodist Technology

August 28, 2014 4:08 pm | by Houston Methodist | News | Comments

Houston Methodist and San Francisco-based Sparsa Inc. have entered into an agreement to develop technology invented by Houston Methodist Research Institute scientists Lidong Qin, Ph.D., and Yujun Song, Ph.D., that quickly and cheaply...

Making Science Fiction a Science Reality: 10 Finalist Teams Selected For $10 Million Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE

August 28, 2014 10:31 am | by XPRIZE | News | Comments

XPRIZE, the global leader in incentivized prize competitions, today announced the 10 finalist...

Innovations in Blood Glucose Monitoring with New Device

August 28, 2014 10:15 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Nipro Diagnostics, Inc., today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has...

NIH Issues Finalized Policy on Genomic Data Sharing

August 28, 2014 9:22 am | by National Institutes of Health/Office of the Director | News | Comments

The National Institutes of Health has issued a final NIH Genomic Data Sharing (GDS) policy to...

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'Junk' Blood Tests May Offer Life-Saving Information

August 28, 2014 9:16 am | by American Friends of Tel Aviv University | News | Comments

Some 30 percent of all positive hospital blood culture samples are discarded every day because they're "contaminated" — they reflect the presence of skin germs instead of specific disease-causing bacteria. Rather than toss these compromised...

Microtechnologies for Driving Forward Mobility and Human Health

August 27, 2014 2:35 pm | by Elhuyar Fundazioa | News | Comments

CIC microGUNE, the Co-operative Research Centre into Microtechnologies, is coordinating the microSCALE project which seeks to generate innovative solutions based on microtechnologies to tackle the problems of the mobility industry and life...

Primerdesign Launch World’s Most Affordable Real-Time PCR Machine

August 27, 2014 10:05 am | by B3C newswire | News | Comments

Primerdesign Ltd is delighted to announce the release of the World’s most affordable Real-Time PCR instrument. The genesig q16 will accompany their catalogue of over 400 applied DNA testing kits and provide a market shifting solution making...

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Companion Testing Market Exceeded One Billion Dollars in 2013

August 27, 2014 10:01 am | by Kalorama Information | News | Comments

The market for test and pharmaceutical pairs, known as companion diagnostics in the testing industry, has grown significantly. The global companion diagnostic market is valued at about $1.2 billion for 2013. This is up from $950 million in...

Handheld DNA Diagnostic Unit Allows Lab-Quality Analysis in the Field

August 26, 2014 12:53 pm | by University of Otago | News | Comments

A revolutionary handheld and battery-powered DNA diagnostic device invented at New Zealand's University of Otago is poised to become a commonly used field tool for rapidly detecting suspected viruses or bacteria in samples while also determining...

New Biomarker Highly Promising for Predicting Breast Cancer Outcomes

August 26, 2014 11:57 am | by American Society for Microbiology | News | Comments

A protein named p66ShcA shows promise as a biomarker to identify breast cancers with poor prognoses, according to research published ahead of print in the journal Molecular and Cellular Biology. Cancer is deadly in large part due to...

Breath Test for COPD

August 26, 2014 11:23 am | by NYU Langone Medical Center | News | Comments

NYU Langone Medical Center will lead a new clinical initiative -- funded by a $225,000 grant from The National Institutes of Health -- to determine a breath test’s effectiveness to identify volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in human breath...

Photos of the Day: Picking Out Cancer Cells

August 26, 2014 11:10 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Researchers from MIT, Pennsylvania State University, and Carnegie Mellon University have devised a new way to separate cells by exposing them to sound waves as they flow through a tiny channel. Their device, about the size of a dime, could...

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Sorting Cells with Sound Waves

August 26, 2014 11:08 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Researchers from MIT, Pennsylvania State University, and Carnegie Mellon University have devised a new way to separate cells by exposing them to sound waves as they flow through a tiny channel. Their device, about the size of a dime, could...

A Glucose Meter of a Different Color

August 26, 2014 10:18 am | by Liz Ahlberg, University of Illinois | News | Comments

University of Illinois engineers are bringing a touch of color to glucose monitoring. The researchers developed a new continuous glucose monitoring material that changes color as glucose levels fluctuate, and the wavelength shift is so precise...

Meaghan's Minute: Compact Medical Testing

August 25, 2014 1:54 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Meaghan's Minute, Harvard researchers have created a portable medical detector that can monitor diabetes, detect malaria, discover environmental pollutants, and perform tests that now are done by machines costing tens of thousands...

Assessing FDA’s Final Guidance on Companion Diagnostics

August 22, 2014 2:28 pm | by Richard Park, Contributing Editor | Blogs | Comments

On the same day that FDA released its draft guidances on regulating laboratory-developed tests (LDT), the agency also issued a final guidance on the development, review, and clearance of companion diagnostics. According to FDA, this guidance...

New DNA Test for Diagnosing Diseases Linked to Childhood Blindness

August 22, 2014 10:21 am | by American Academy of Ophthalmology | News | Comments

Researchers in the United Kingdom have demonstrated that advanced DNA testing for congenital cataracts can quickly and accurately diagnose a number of rare diseases marked by childhood blindness, according to a study published online today in...

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Genetics and Lifestyle Have a Strong Impact on Biomarkers for Inflammation and Cancer

August 22, 2014 10:04 am | by Uppsala University | News | Comments

In a new study published in Nature Communications, research scientists from Uppsala University present for the first time a large-scale study of the significance of genetic, clinical and lifestyle factors for protein levels in the bloodstream...

Novel 'Man and Machine' Decision Support System Makes Malaria Diagnostics More Effective

August 22, 2014 9:36 am | by University of Helsinki | News | Comments

A Finnish-Swedish research group at the Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland, University of Helsinki, and Karolinska institutet, Stockholm, has developed a novel "man and machine" decision support system for diagnosing malaria infection...

Adherence to Diet Can Be Measured from Blood

August 21, 2014 3:44 pm | by University of Eastern Finland | News | Comments

New results from the Nordic SYSDIET study show that it's possible to assess dietary compliance from a blood sample. This is especially useful in controlled dietary intervention studies investigating the health benefits of specific diets...

First ZnT8Ab Autoantibody Test to Help Diagnose Type 1 Diabetes

August 21, 2014 3:40 pm | by U.S. Food and Drug Administration | News | Comments

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration allowed marketing of the first zinc transporter 8 autoantibody (ZnT8Ab) test that can help determine if a person has type 1 diabetes and not another type of diabetes. When...  

Most IVD Companies Looked Outside Europe and US For Growth

August 21, 2014 10:06 am | by Kalorama Information | News | Comments

Growth in the $54.6 billion in 2013 came from emerging markets while developed nation markets grew slowly, according to Kalorama Information. The healthcare market research publisher said that China Brazil, and Korea were among...

Test Reliably Detects Inherited Immune Deficiency in Newborns

August 20, 2014 12:00 pm | by NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases | News | Comments

A newborn screening test for severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID) reliably identifies infants with this life-threatening inherited condition, leading to prompt treatment and high survival rates, according to a study supported by the National...

Novel Gene Predicts Both Breast Cancer Relapse and Response to Chemotherapy

August 20, 2014 10:37 am | by ACN Newswire | News | Comments

Scientists have made it easier to predict both breast cancer relapses and responses to chemotherapy, through the identification of a unique gene. The newly found marker could help doctors classify each breast cancer patient and customize a...

Novel Human Tissue Samples Available for Research and Development

August 20, 2014 10:28 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Human tissues are extensively employed by pharmaceutical and academic researchers to identify and validate new biomarkers and drug discovery targets. Such tissues are also widely used to study the efficacy, reproducibility, and safety of...

Moving Single Cells Around – Accurately and Cheaply

August 19, 2014 2:56 pm | by Houston Methodist | News | Comments

Scientists at the Houston Methodist Research Institute have figured out how to pick up and transfer single cells using a pipette – a common laboratory tool that's been tweaked slightly. They describe this engineering feat and preliminary...

Genetic Key to Lupus Shows Potential of Personalized Medicine

August 19, 2014 11:54 am | by Australian National University | News | Comments

Medical researchers have used DNA sequencing to identify a gene variant responsible for causing lupus in a young patient. The development shows that for the first time, it is feasible for researchers to identify the individual causes of lupus...

Researchers Identify Tests to Diagnose Invasive Aspergillosis with 100 Percent Accuracy

August 18, 2014 2:51 pm | by Elsevier Health Sciences | News | Comments

The fungal infection invasive aspergillosis (IA) can be life threatening, especially in patients whose immune systems are weakened by chemotherapy or immunosuppressive drugs. Despite the critical need for early detection, IA remains difficult...

$2.7 Million NIH Grant Awarded to Research Genetic Basis of Diseases

August 18, 2014 11:24 am | by Texas Biomedical Research Institute | News | Comments

The Texas Biomedical Research Institute has been awarded a $2.7 million grant from the U.S. National Institutes of Health to fund innovative approaches to genetics research aimed at developing new therapies for heart disease and other conditions...

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