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I’ve discussed the spread of the Zaire ebolavirus before,
but as it continues to overwhelm countries in West Africa, scientists have been
able to track the virus in real time. A recent article
from NPR followed a team of researchers as they collected and analyzed data on
the genetic structure of the virus from its victims in Sierra Leone. As ...
Researchers from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
and Harvard Medical School recently discovered a connection between a form of
liver cancer and two mutations in the IDH gene. Intrahepatic cholangiocarinoma
(iCCA) is the second most common form of liver cancer. Although there had
previously been evidence of IDH mutations in patients ...
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, research scientists at the Scripps
Research institute in La Jolla, CA have been asking ...
Type 2 diabetes has been a growing concern in the United
States for several years. While the established research has pointed to two
specific hormones, glucagon and insulin, as the primary factors leading to the
development of the disorder in patients, researchers have discovered a third
key player in a recent news
release from Johns Hopkins. ...
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 derived from human muscle tissue in
repairing nerve damage in mice. A UPMC press
We’re all familiar with the popularity of crowdfunding
websites like Kickstarter for both the largely successful and also the somewhat
misguided attempts to gather funding for movies and music videos, but lately a much more serious group has
turned to crowdfunding: clinical researchers. In an effort to gain additional
funding for its handheld ...
The implementation of the Affordable Care Act, or ObamaCare,
has already seen several new laws and regulatory measures introduced since its
implementation, with many more soon to be on the horizon. One of these is the Sunshine
Act, a law requiring public disclosure of any financial agreements between
healthcare vendors and providers. Recent ...
The influence of genetic sequencing has left its mark across
the healthcare industry. In a recent partnership with Pennsylvania’s Geisinger
Health System, Regeneron Pharmiceuticals, who recently came out with Eylea for
age-related macular degeneration, is looking to take some of the the first
substantial steps in making that vision a reality. ...
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” is
a term used to describe “a living thing with several populations of cells with
Digital technology is a factor that affects almost every
field across the country. Specifically, the implementation of digital
counterparts to traditional tests and assays in the clinical testing industry has
already started to leave a mark on the field. While the introduction of new
techniques is common in the evolving backdrop of the ...