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The Promise of Targeted Therapeutics in Cancer Treatment
In 2018, the International Agency for Research on Cancer reported more than 18 million people were diagnosed with cancer. Between 40 and 45 million people worldwide are living with cancer and nearly 9.6 million people die. Cancer deaths occur in about 50% of people who develop cancer in developed countries; this is in contrast to 80% death rate in cancer patients in underdeveloped countries. The numbers are staggering. But there is hope, as scientists around the globe work on developing new technologies, in the form of targeted therapies, to combat the incidence of cancer.  Discuss
The Intersection of Life Scientists and Social Media: A Revolution
How do your peers receive information online and how do they utilize social media as a means of learning new information and sharing content? These are just a few of the questions that our colleagues at BioInformatics Inc. explored in a recent report about digital marketing to life scientists.  Discuss
Tech Overview - Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy
In today's post, we'll be discussing one of the techniques used to determine the concentration of particular elements in a sample. Atomic absorption spectroscopy (AAS) is a spectro-analytical technique for the quantitative assessment of chemical elements through the absorption of optical radiation by free atoms in the gaseous state. The technique had its start in the 19th century, but underwent significant development in the 1950s. The core method has gone largely unchanged since. AAS can be used to determine over 70 different elements in solution or solid samples.  Discuss
Scientists Discuss Career Satisfaction
How satisfied are you with your career as a scientist? Do you feel adequately compensated for your work? Have you ever considered leaving your career in science? The Science Advisory Board set out to explore the answers to these questions. We interviewed over 600 of your fellow members from various disciplines across the world to understand their personal experiences and thoughts on the subject.  Discuss
Direct-to-consumer Testing Kits Exploded in 2018
Consumers are directing healthcare in many ways, but ordering clinical testing was, until recently, the exclusive purview of physicians. That’s changing as many services now exist for patients to order tests without a physician’s okay. The global direct to consumer (DTC) laboratory testing market totaled $208 million in 2018. Growth historically has been slower due to a lack of regulatory oversight and concerns within the industry. Strong growth is expected throughout the forecast period due to easing of the regulatory processes for DTC laboratory tests and increasing consumer demand for both direct-to-consumer routine clinical laboratory tests and genetic tests.  Discuss
Tech Overview - Color Measurement Technology
In today’s post, we’ll uncover a few ways to analyze the visual and molecular characteristics of a sample. Color measurement technology comprises a multitude of closely related instruments and photometric techniques that analyze the properties of a sample in terms of color, brightness, and other visual characteristics. Fluorescent-based techniques provide a wealth of information about a sample's atomic and molecular characteristics. I’ll discuss color measurement first, then describe the fluorescent technologies second.  Discuss
Scientists Speak Out on Research Misconduct
The scientific community is one of skepticism. The guarded interest of researchers and peer reviewers upholds a key understanding of scientific knowledge -- that any hypothesis is only as strong as the evidence that supports it.  Discuss
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