Comparison Of Labware For RNA Isolation From Blood

Transcriptomics and RT-PCR relies upon the isolation of RNA, however RNA is relatively unstable compared to DNA due to differences in the chemical structure and the prevalence of RNases that degrade RNA. Labware can be purchased that is guaranteed RNase...

How Safe Are Your Samples?

Plastic storage tubes are used in laboratories worldwide to store biological and chemical samples, the most typical resin used is Polypropylene. There are many types and grades of polypropylene that are selected either on cost, molding properties or specific...

New Alzheimer’s Disease Organoids Enable Drug Discovery

Scientists at Scripps Research have reported for the first time that Alzheimer’s patient-derived stem cells, which are engineered to become “mini-brains” for lab research. The organoids manifest excessive seizure-like electrical activity just like human patients with the disease, enabling drug discovery.

Diascopic’s AI For TB Detection Secures $225,000 Small Business Innovation Research Grant

Diascopic LLC, a medical research company that develops diagnostic technology has secured $225,000 of highly competitive Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) funding from the National Institute of Health's National Institute for Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering. It will use the funds to...

Biobanking Science: CRISPR Gene Editing to Treat Human Disease

This year has seen a flurry of good news about CRISPR gene editing clinical trials in human patients. CRISPR-Cas 9 is a gene editing tool capable of providing specific changes to genes in a wide range of animal models....
Biobanking and colorectal cancer tissues

Biobanking Science: Biobanking Samples for Colorectal Cancer

Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer, affecting 1.8 million new patients and causing 862,000 deaths every year (1). Studies show that eating processed or red meat and drinking alcohol may increase the risk for colorectal cancer (2)....
CSF Biomarkers may help diagnose patients with neurological diseases

Biobanking Science: CSF Biomarkers for Neurological Diseases

Biobanks can help in the search for biomarkers to diagnose brain diseases. Neurological diseases can be difficult to diagnose as they may have overlapping symptoms. Furthermore, there are currently no diagnostic tests for diseases such as Amylotrophic lateral sclerosis...

Biobanking Science: Can Antivirals Treat Alzheimer’s Disease?

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia, affecting over 25 million people worldwide and costing more than US$400 billion a year (1). The number of Alzheimer’s patients is predicted to rise to over 60 million...
Intermittent dieting can help reverse obesity.

Biobanking Science: Treating Obesity With Intermittent Fasting

Obesity has reached epidemic proportions. Over 1.9 billion adults and 380 million children are now overweight or obese (1). These people are more likely to suffer from chronic life-threatening diseases such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancer (1)....
Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is a serious heart disease.

Biobanking Science: Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy

Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy is one of the most common inherited heart diseases, affecting 1:200 people (1). Patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy have thickened left ventricles which can lead to life-threatening complications such as arrhythmias, heart failure and sudden death (2). Hypertrophic...

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