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Leaders in science and engineering publications over the last decade: China and the US
July 1, 2019 -- Capturing the attention of policy makers and companies serving the academic research market the countries with the largest number of science and engineering (S&E) articles has significantly evolved between 2007 and 2017. China leads the list in 2017 followed by the US, a reverse from 2007, according to a May report from the NSF’s National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics. Read More
The National Institutes of Health launches the Symptom Science Center
June 27, 2019 -- The National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Nursing Research (NIH NINR) launched the Symptom Science Center on June 27th, 2019 at the NIH Campus in Bethesda, MD. This event, attended by over 500 individuals, marks a momentous occasion for both clinical and translational multidisciplinary research. Read More
Tech Overview: Portable & In Field MS
June 27, 2019 -- Our next post in the Mass Spectrometry series will cover portable and in-field mass spectrometry. This includes all configurations of mass spectrometers that are person-portable, mobile, or are designed to be stationed in the field. Read More
A convergence of technologies, revolutionizing next-generation sequencing
June 26, 2019 -- A new, powerful combination of biochips and next-generation sequencing (NGS) is capable of solving unique and important biological problems, such as single-cell, rare-cell or rare-molecule analysis, which NGS can't do on its own. Read More
Purchasing products: Experiences with scientists and suppliers
June 25, 2019 -- Recently, we asked over 900 members of the SAB to tell us more about how they purchase products through life science suppliers, and the factors that influence their selection of supplier. Read More
Understanding the role of active microbes in soil may now be possible due to new technology
June 24, 2019 -- Researchers use bioorthogonal non-canonical amino-acid tagging (BONCAT) to successfully isolate active microbes present in soil samples. Read More
Customer service and technical support: From your perspective
June 20, 2019 -- 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! Read More
New study shows the importance of ethnicity in genomic variants associated with disease
June 19, 2019 -- 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
June 17, 2019 -- 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
June 13, 2019 -- 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
June 12, 2019 -- 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
June 11, 2019 -- 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
June 4, 2019 -- 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
May 28, 2019 -- 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
May 27, 2019 -- 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
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