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Customer service and technical support: From your perspective
Over 700 members of the SAB recently took part in a survey regarding their experiences with customer service and technical support through life science suppliers. We thought you’d like to know a little more about some of the results from this project, to understand how some of the research we conduct with your help ends up!  Discuss
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.  Discuss
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.  Discuss
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.  Discuss
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
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January 28-29, 2021
London, Greater London United Kingdom
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May 11-12, 2021
Boston, Massachusetts United States
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