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Automated counting of tumor cells in blood

Biological and medical scientists have been using flow cytometry to count cancer cells for the past 40 years. But the large instruments are expensive and can only be operated by trained personnel. By contrast the PoCyton cytometer is cheap to produce, no bigger than a shoebox, and automated.

Posted: May 6th, 2015

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Decoding DNA's phonebook

New clues about diseases like inflammatory bowel disorder may be found thanks to a new genomic interactions catalogue by a group of researchers in Japan and the United Kingdom.

Posted: May 4th, 2015

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Researchers closer to being able to change blood types

Scientists have created an enzyme that could potentially solve this problem. The enzyme works by snipping off the sugars, also known as antigens, found in Type A and Type B blood, making it more like Type O. Type O blood is known as the universal donor and can be given to patients of all blood types.

Posted: Apr 29th, 2015

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New 3D method improves the study of proteins

Researchers have developed a new computational method called AGGRESCAN3D which will allow studying in 3D the structure of folded globular proteins and substantially improve the prediction of any propensity for forming toxic protein aggregates. With this new algorithm proteins can also be modelled to study the pathogenic effects of the aggregation or redesign them for therapeutic means.

Posted: Apr 27th, 2015

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The appeal of being anti-GMO

A team of Belgian philosophers and plant biotechnologists have turned to cognitive science to explain why opposition to genetically modified organisms (GMOs) has become so widespread, despite positive contributions GM crops have made to sustainable agriculture.

Posted: Apr 24th, 2015

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