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Planning the Ideal Research Conference
September 4, 2018 -- Research conferences are an important opportunity for scientists to network and build their careers. For vendors, these events are a chance to learn about competitors and establish connections with potential customers. However, the major organizers of annual events and conferences are often professional societies, hoping to provide their members with cutting-edge information, opportunities for professional advancement, and the ability to connect with others in the same area of science.  Discuss
High Performance Liquid Chromatography: A Growing Technology Driven by Pharmacology
August 31, 2018 -- 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
Sample Preparation in 2018: a Critical and Rapidly Growing Technology
August 29, 2018 -- Imagine a scientist who is on the brink of an important discovery in oncology. She believes to have discovered a new tumor suppressor gene and wants to track this protein’s movement through skin cells by forming a recombinant fluorescent protein. In order to construct this protein, she needs to first extract and purify DNA from the cells of her model organism to identify the gene of interest. Unfortunately, she has consistently failed to purify the DNA due to contaminations in her alcohol-based wash.  Discuss
Recent Developments in Advanced Microscopy
August 27, 2018 -- The past year has yielded exciting improvements in advanced microscopy technologies, including confocal, multiphoton, light sheet fluorescence and other super-resolution techniques. The continued growth of these tools was fueled by both innovative technological development and life science companies establishing new partnerships. In this article, we will discuss some of the cutting-edge advances in microscopy.  Discuss
Real-Time PCR: A Mature Technology that is Still Evolving
August 23, 2018 -- Though a mature technology for many years, real-time PCR has still seen growth and advancements in both application as well as throughput efficiency over the past decade, and even in the last few years.  Discuss
Tech Overview - Magnetic Sector Mass Spectrometry
August 16, 2018 -- Magnetic sector mass spectrometry is the oldest and simplest of the mass spectrometry techniques. It makes use of combinations of magnetic and electric “sectors” that deflect sample ions as they pass through.  Discuss
"In Plastico" Research: Who Provides the Best Labware?
August 15, 2018 -- In times of remarkable technological advances, we often overlook the products our lab depends upon, plasticware. As scientists, we recognize the versatility plastics offer us in terms of strength, flexibility, safety, and convenience when compared to our once exclusively glass products. Some researchers now suggest the term “in plastico” be added to the life scientist’s lexicon since an increasing amount of research is no longer performed “in vitro”.  Discuss
Tech Overview - FT and Ion Trap Mass Spectrometry
August 13, 2018 -- In our latest post in the Mass Spec series we will discuss two great technologies: Fourier transform mass spectrometry (FT/MS)and Ion Trap LC/MS. FT/MS includes ion cyclotron resonance (ICR) designs and Orbitrap mass analyzers.  Discuss
NGS Informatics: Choosing the Superior Software Tool
July 30, 2018 -- As Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) continues to grow, scientists face many challenges in terms of their data analysis and storage solutions. Our members at The Science Advisory Board have disclosed it is difficult to determine the significance of results as well as store the mass amounts of data. There are many solutions but most lack desired features, creating uncertainty amongst researchers over the best option.  Discuss
Oncologists Embrace the Liquid Biopsy for Precision Cancer Treatment
July 27, 2018 -- Here at The Science Advisory Board we aim to keep ahead of the curve with the latest breakthroughs in the life sciences field. An exciting advancement to follow in this space is precision medicine. The NIH defines precision medicine as “an emerging approach for disease treatment and prevention that takes into account individual variability in genes, environment, and lifestyle for each person." Within the last week, the liquid biopsy has made headlines as a diagnostic test for patients with cancer.  Discuss
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