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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 ...
ADVANCE Discourse: Lab
Let’s forget about money for a second. I know that can be
difficult – what, with all of those pesky adult responsibilities and everything,
but bare with me. If money wasn’t an
object, and your physician wanted to order a test that you knew wouldn’t be
covered under your insurance, would you get ...
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 into ...
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 ...
Most of us know amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) by its
other name, Lou Gehrig’s disease. After a recent preliminary trial at Emory
University yielded positive results, a phase II trial has been approved by the
FDA. An article
from Newswise described the first phase of the trial as fairly successful,
stating all procedures were “delivered ...
An acronym pulled from the alphabet soup is CQI, or Continuous Quality Improvement. Managers and quality improvement people use this to show that everything can be improved, even processes that work. Continuously trying to improve quality generates incremental improvements; rather than completely redesigning a process, it is changed in response ...
With so many new technologies emerging in recent years, trying
to combine multiple advances can be challenging, especially when those advances
haven’t been standardized yet. In a recent article from Newswise, doctors and researchers from both the
Mayo Clinic and Harvard Medical School discussed “a new problem in the delivery
of personalized ...
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 ...
It turns out
the gym rats were right – it’s all about the protein. Maybe not anything found in our energy bars,
supplements or shakes, but rather the protein found in our biological
makeup. A research team at the Mayo
Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota hasn’t necessarily found the key to eternal
youth, but they seem to have taken some ...
In a time of
transition in the field of medical research, focus is shifting towards big data
analytics. While the notion of information so dense it can’t be processed using
traditional applications is intimidating, a DarkDaily news
release noted “at least one data scientist” that considers it to be the future
in genomic medicine. Previous ...