New study shows the importance of ethnicity in genomic variants associated with disease
27 new genomic variants associated with conditions such as blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, cigarette use and chronic kidney disease in diverse populations have been identified by the National Institutes of Health. Data from nearly 50,000 participants from various ethnic backgrounds were tested to determine how genomic variants influence risk to certain diseases. Read More
3D Printing Without Scaffolding May Be Made Possible Through New Technology
On June 5, 2019 researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago published an article in Materials Horizons reporting the results of their research developing a process that enables 3D printing of biological tissues without scaffold using ink made up of only stem cells. Engineered tissues and organs have been grown in labs using various techniques and with varying levels of success for many years. Recently, the scaffolding approach has typically been used to provide the underlying architecture. However, new research shows that scaffolds may not be necessary for the growth of bioengineered organs and tissues. Read More
Liquid Biopsies Offer a Viable Alternative to Tissue Biopsies
Liquid biopsies are a set of minimally invasive diagnostic methods that analyze tumor-derived materials that can be found circulating in biological fluids, to provide information for the diagnosis, treatment, and monitoring of cancer. While tissue biopsies and imaging techniques remain the current standards of care in the diagnosis of solid tumors, they have risks and limitations and limitations, some of which can be overcome by the use of liquid biopsy in clinical oncology, as an alternative or complementary technique to the current standards of care. Read More
Experimental Therapeutic Treatment for Deadly Tick-Borne Virus
Findings of the treatment of Bourbon disease in mice were published on June 13 in PLOS Pathogens. Only a few cases of the newly discovered Bourbon virus have been reported, and two of them ended in death, partly because no specific treatments are available for the tick-borne illness. Now, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have identified an experimental antiviral drug, often used to treat the flu, that cures mice infected with the potentially lethal virus. Read More
Global Collaboration Launched for Large-Scale DNA Study Exploring Connection Between Genetics and Disease
A new partnership was announced between Intermountain Healthcare and deCODE Genetics to collaborate on the largest DNA mapping effort undertaken in the US from a single population. The initiative, called the HerediGene: Population Study, will analyze the complete DNA of 500,000 participants. Read More
Technology Helps the World Tackle Climate Change - Insights from The Science Advisory Board
On October 8th, 2018 the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a body of the United Nations tasked with assessing the science related to climate change, released a special report titled “Global Warming of 1.5°C.” Many nations across the world have pledged to do their part in reducing carbon emissions from industrialization and protecting natural resources. But how do they plan to reach these targets? Turns out technology, has a major role in the global effort to limit warming and reduce the impacts of climate change. Read More
Evolution of the Pap Smear
This May we recognized Georgios Papanikolaou for his revolutionary research in cervical cancer screening and prevention — you might even recall seeing him on the Google doodle on May 13th! Read More
Scientists Share Their Opinions on Climate Change: Interactions of Global, National, and Local Action - Science Advisory Board Insights
Climate change is a global concern, therefore it is important to understand international, national and local policies and regulations. Cooperation and collaboration are essential to successfully limit the current impacts and future effects of climate change. Read More
UK Scientists Weigh In on Brexit and Laboratory Spending - Science Advisory Board Insights
The long road to a resolution of the Brexit situation appeared to be nearing an end earlier this year, with the deadline set for March 29 to finalize how Britain would exit the EU. A “hard” Brexit, the case if no EU-Britain agreement is reached, would remove Britain from the EU’s single market among other consequences. A “soft” exit would result in Britain remaining part of the single market, but not an EU member. With a government stalemate in Britain, the EU agreed to extend the deadline until October 31, though a deal may come sooner. Read More
Bioprocess Innovation: Why not?
The Science Advisory Board ® is excited to present the third piece in our trends in bioprocessing series, written by Angelo DePalma, Ph.D. This article discusses why innovations occur at such a slow pace in bioprocessing and drug development despite the rate of technological and scientific advancements. Read More
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