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ADVANCE Discourse: Lab

The Genetic ABC’s
May 16, 2014 2:00 PM by Michael Jones
Imagine adding letters to the alphabet. Suddenly after centuries of working with 26 letters, there are just whole new possibilities for different words and phrases that had never been explored before. How would we use the new letters? As it turns out, Read More...
Stem Cells and Nerve Damage
March 25, 2014 4:27 PM by Michael Jones
Regenerative medicine is a field that seems like something right out of the pages of science fiction. In a recent study from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), researchers studied the effect -- and subsequent success -- of stem cells Read More...
Multiple Genomes
January 3, 2014 5:34 PM by Michael Jones
The concept of genetic mosaics and chimeras in terms of our individual genomes has come up before , but continued research seems to be confirming the suspicion that there is no one individual genome lately. As I discussed in the last article, “chimera” Read More...
Molecular Manipulation
November 14, 2013 2:37 PM by Michael Jones
Molecular engineering has been a favorite topic for socio-political science fiction writers all over the world. Similarly, the concept of manipulating viruses to fight other infections or disease -- in this case, cancers -- stretches even beyond the ideas Read More...
Possible Biomarker for Parkinson's Disease
October 16, 2013 1:45 PM by Michael Jones
Despite the comparatively small amount of information we know about it, Parkinson’s disease is extremely common. A recent article from Medical News Today noted that the neurological disorder affects over a million people in the US and has developed a Read More...
Contributions to HIV Research
September 25, 2013 2:27 PM by Michael Jones
During the peak of the AIDS epidemic, Stephen Crohn saw many friends and partners eventually succumb to the disease and noticed something strange. He had never been diagnosed as HIV positive. A recent story from NPR chronicled the life of Crohn and his Read More...
Chimeras and Mosaics
September 19, 2013 10:36 AM by Michael Jones
No, I’m not talking about ancient mythology or art history. These are two phenomena that can be found inside the average person’s DNA -- sometimes completely without his or her knowledge. In genetic research, a chimera is a living thing with several populations Read More...
Healing Hearts
September 10, 2013 3:56 PM by Michael Jones
The concept of regenerative medicine is interesting. Of course, a technique that uses your body to heal itself rather than surgical procedures or even internal medications would be an ideal form of medicine, one that scientists continue to work on through Read More...
Zombie Popcorn
August 30, 2013 1:46 PM by Michael Jones
Induced Pluripotent Stem (IPS) Cells have been subject of breakthroughs all over the US and, now, all around the world. A recent press release detailed the work of researchers from the Austrian Academy of Sciences’ (OeAW) institute of molecular biotechnology Read More...
Rebuilding a Heartbeat
August 14, 2013 3:17 PM by Michael Jones
According to a press release , researchers from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) recently had some success in regenerative medicine when a “mouse heart was able to contract and beat again after its own cells were stripped a replaced Read More...
Freaks of Nature
June 26, 2013 2:15 PM by Michael Jones
The term “freak of nature” is always used in a negative way -- for example, Jaws was a freak of nature (all 4 times). Any mutation or deformity can be called something of a freak of nature, but that doesn’t always mean it’s a bad thing. The entire concept Read More...
The Quick Chip
June 19, 2013 10:58 AM by Michael Jones
Treatment for a bacterial infection can all come down to a question of time. According to a recent story from Medical News Today , researchers from the University of Toronto (UT) in Canada have developed a chip to identify the problem and the best course Read More...
Internal War Zone
May 22, 2013 3:59 PM by Michael Jones
The more we learn about our own bodies, the more it seems like there’s just an endless war going on in there. Scientists have long since known about helpful bacteria inside of our bodies that help prevent infections, but an article from Medical News Today Read More...
Lab-on-a-Chip, Round 2
May 2, 2013 12:12 PM by Michael Jones
Imagine a healthcare facility where a small sample of blood is taken as you walk in the door, just .25 attomoles -- you’d barely notice. They drop your sample into a small, handheld device and, by the time your physician has come to see you, they are Read More...
Univercell Builder
April 5, 2013 4:37 PM by Michael Jones
The introduction of new drugs that combat disease and infection at the genetic level has been a landmark breakthrough, both for laboratory science as well as for patient treatment plans. Cell-based therapeutics, on the other hand, stand to become influential Read More...


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