Immunology
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
The “Two-Headed Monster”: Vendors Tackle Antibody Validation
The Science Advisory Board examined the preferences of scientists regarding the purchase and use of antibodies, as well as customer trust, satisfaction, and "best-in-class" vendors in the sector. Respondents also made comments detailing their ideas on reproducible research using antibodies, the responsibilities of both vendors and researchers when it comes to using commercial antibodies, and much more.  Discuss
Analytical Instruments for Security: ‘To Detect and to Protect’
One important trend in the analytical instrumentation industry is the continued migration of laboratory technologies into non-laboratory settings. As instruments become more robust, easier to use and smaller, they have escaped the lab into the field in many different applications from environmental testing to point-of-care diagnostics. One critical use for instruments in the field is for security applications, protecting everyone from accidental and intentional threats to human health and public safety.  Discuss
High Performance Liquid Chromatography: A Growing Technology Driven by Pharmacology
Vaccines strengthen our immune systems by exposing white blood cells to disease-specific antigens. This builds a depot of memory T cells, so in the case of a full-on infection, our bodies can fight off malicious organisms with greater ease. Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has been working to develop an HIV vaccine for the past 30 years. This revolutionary medical tool would help reduce the dreadful effects of AIDS on the world population, for many years to come.  Discuss
Overlooked benefits of using polyclonal antibodies
The benefits of polyclonal antibodies as tools for assay-specific target discovery and detection are numerous. As the future of basic research, diagnostics and biomarker discovery is dependent on high-quality reproducible data, there is a need to understand the importance of and benefits of these valuable tools.  Discuss
Personalized Treatments and Vaccines Offer Hope for Beating Rare Cancers
Immunotherapy is undoubtedly one of the most influential and exciting fields of our time, with an ability to unlock the foundations of diseases and move one step closer to curing cancer. Technology and advanced research are allowing this science to flourish, and treatments have been developed targeting the ways cancer can mask itself and remain undetected in many cases.  Discuss
Finding the Right Match - How Scientists See Antibody Suppliers
We at The Science Advisory Board recognize that scientific customers can exhibit remarkable brand loyalty. When we explored the antibody market in 2012, our members explained they make research antibody purchases based on “previous experience with the brand” and “colleague/coworker’s recommendations” as the most important selections overall.  Discuss
Research Antibodies - Friend or Foe?
Research antibodies are used in basic and clinical research because they recognize and bind to specific antigens, receptors, infectious organisms, and other proteins.  Discuss
Conferences
Microbiology Society Annual Conference 2020
March 30 - April 3
Edinburgh, Edinburgh, City of United Kingdom
Experimental Biology 2020
April 4
San Diego, California United States
BioProcess International Europe
April 28 - May 1
Amsterdam, Noord-Holland Netherlands
Lab of the Future USA
May 19-20
Boston, Massachusetts United States
2nd Annual Cell Therapy Bioprocessing Conference
June 25-26
Boston, Massachusetts United States
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