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Library Provides Access to Rare Samples

June 29, 2010 5:09 am | News | Comments

SeraCare Life Sciences, a leading expert in human biologicals, offers an extensive library of remnant human patient samples consisting of serum, plasma, urine, cerebrospinal fluid and amniotic fluid, giving researchers access to affordable human-based samples they need for preclinical research.

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AIFA Discusses Generics and Counterfeiting

June 28, 2010 8:21 am | News | Comments

The Director General of the Italian Medicines Agency (AIFA) Prof. Guido Rasi and the Chairman Prof. Sergio Pecorelli, presented Italian excellence within the pharmaceutical field and the new quality and safety project with particular reference to generics, counterfeits and biosimilar drugs.

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Data Cartridge

June 28, 2010 8:06 am | Product Releases | Comments

Symyx Technologies, Inc. has released the Symyx Direct 7.0 data cartridge—an innovative, one-stop solution for registering, searching, and retrieving chemical and biological entities stored in relational databases.

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Fragment Library System

June 28, 2010 8:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

Beckman Coulter Genomics introduces the SPRIworks Fragment Library System II. The second release in the SPRIworks product line automates the preparation of fragment libraries for the Roche GS FLX DNA Sequencer, and can prepare up to 10 DNA libraries in 3.5 hours with high reproducibility and consistency.

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ACR Image Metrix Hires Director of Business Development

June 28, 2010 7:55 am | News | Comments

ACR Image Metrix, an imaging contract research organization (CRO) with expertise in imaging trial design, techniques and data extraction, is pleased to announce the appointment of Laurie Heilmann as Director of Business Development.

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Study Ties Avandia to Heart Attack and Stroke

June 28, 2010 7:40 am | by Lindsey Tanner | News | Comments

A new study led by a federal drug safety expert ties the controversial diabetes drug Avandia to a higher risk of heart problems, strokes and deaths in older adults, and says it is more dangerous than a rival drug, Actos.

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Inovio DNA Vaccine Shows Advantages Over Viral Methods

June 28, 2010 7:36 am | News | Comments

Researchers from Merck, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and Inovio Pharmaceuticals, notes that significant advances in the design, formulation, and delivery of DNA plasmid-based vaccines have dramatically increased their ability to induce antigen-specific immune responses.

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FDA Approves Abbott STD Panel

June 28, 2010 7:19 am | News | Comments

Abbott has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to market a new, sensitive molecular diagnostic test and instrument to simultaneously detect two of the nation's most prevalent sexually transmitted diseases, gonorrhea and chlamydia.

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Antioxidants Prevent Malarial Brain Damage

June 28, 2010 6:56 am | News | Comments

Using an experimental mouse model for malaria, an international group of scientists has discovered that adding antioxidant therapy to traditional antimalarial treatment may prevent long-lasting cognitive impairment in cerebral malaria.

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Kidney Damage In Diabetics Increases Risk of Death

June 28, 2010 6:54 am | News | Comments

People with type 1 diabetes who have early and asymptomatic kidney damage, as indicated by small amounts of protein in the urine, are six times more likely to die compared to the general population, say researchers at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health.

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Gestational Diabetes Linked To Serotonin And Protein

June 28, 2010 6:31 am | News | Comments

The cause of diabetes during pregnancy is directly controlled by serotonin, a chemical produced by the body and normally known as a neurotransmitter, and is influenced by the amount of protein in the mother's diet early in pregnancy.

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Psychotropic Medications Can Cause Birth Defects

June 28, 2010 6:27 am | News | Comments

Researchers from the University of Copenhagen's Faculty of Pharmaceutical Studies have concluded that psychotropic drugs caused 429 adverse drug reactions in Danish children under the age of 17, more than half were serious, and several involved birth defects.

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Mechanism May Trigger Degenerative Disease

June 28, 2010 6:20 am | News | Comments

A mechanism that regulates stem-cell differentiation in mice testes suggests a similar process that may trigger degenerative disease in humans.

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Resveratrol May Prevent Blindness

June 28, 2010 6:16 am | News | Comments

Resveratrol — found in red wine, grapes, blueberries, peanuts and other plants — stops out-of-control blood vessel growth in the eye, according to vision researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

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IIVS Wins PETA Award

June 28, 2010 6:09 am | News | Comments

For developing modern and reliable alternatives to cruel and irrelevant animal tests, the Institute for In Vitro Sciences (IIVS) is the first recipient of PETA's new Mark Twain Ethical Science Award.

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