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“Dark matter” sounds like something George Lucas would tell
us is at the heart of the empire. In reality, it’s the parts of the human
genome that science has yet to identify -- which still sounds like it belongs
in a sci-fi movie, but the discovery could provide researchers with a new type
of specimen with which to analyze the human genome. A ...
The rise of personalized treatment has healthcare
professionals completely rethinking the way they treat cancer. At the molecular
level, each is different and should be treated accordingly, but similarities
shouldn’t be ignored either. A study from the Cancer genome Atlas (TCGA)
Research Network on endometrial tumors divided the cancer types ...
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 ready to tell you if they would like further
testing for diseases like Alzheimer’s or cancer ...
During a hospital visit, a doctor will often ask about pain,
but how can it be better calculated beyond just words? A story
from NPR followed researchers led by Tor Wager, PhD, associate professor of
psychology and neuroscience from the University of Colorado at Boulder, who found
a way to measure pain by scanning the brain activity of those ...
I’ve discussed the introduction of human genes into test mice before,
but apparently rats are showing much more promise in Alzheimer’s research. A recent
from NPR discussed the need for a better model for humans in the study and,
potentially, the treatment of Alzheimer’s. After studying genetically altered mice
and later rats with no ...
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 in the coming
years. A recent story
from Newswise reported cell therapy as the next ...
The handheld testing application has always been something I’ve
only ever imagined as a bad plot device in science fiction. For researchers at
Columbia University’s The Flu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science,
it was apparently much, much more than that. A recent news
briefing from Dark Daily announced the introduction of a ...
As Valentine’s Day looms just a few short hours away, singles
everywhere have been busy focusing on their broken hearts. Meanwhile, across
the pond, UK research teams have been thinking about broken bones -- investigating
bone mending techniques with some interesting results. According to a Medical
News Today article,
researchers from the ...
Since the success of the Human Genome Project, scientists
and researchers have been working towards rapid DNA sequencing. While routine
genetic sequencing in clinical environments remains a technology of the future,
a recent news
briefing from DarkDaily followed researchers from the Wellcome Trust Sanger
Institute and the University of ...
As medical technology
becomes more precise and continues to deliver growing quantities of data, the
process of analyzing such large figures can be overwhelming. A recent news
briefing from DarkDaily reported unstructured medical laboratory data as “one
significant hurtle on the path toward the universal electronic health record” ...