Swiss researchers have developed a technique to use firefly luciferase as a quick and inexpensive medical diagnostic tool. [iStock/huePhotography]

Blinded by the Light That’s Revved up Firefly Might

Within the clinical arena, accurate and sensitive diagnostics are paramount to developing effective treatment regimens for patients. Physicians often require quick and reliable ways...
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Gene Testing Now Allows Precision Medicine for Thoracic Aneurysms

Scientists at the Aortic Institute at Yale tested the genomes of more than 100 patients with thoracic aortic aneurysms, a potentially lethal condition, and...
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Sperm RNA Test May Improve Evaluation of Male Infertility

Many couples who struggle with infertility also suffer uncertainty. Infertility may arise from paternal or maternal factors, or both. When this uncertainty persists, couples...
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Innovator: Molecular Information Platform for Cancer

Foundation Medicine plans to fundamentally change the way cancer is diagnosed and treated by providing the molecular information physicians need to match therapies to...
A new generation of information technology is required to move next-generation sequencing from academic discussion to diagnostic use. [© Mehmet Pinarci (creativecommlons.org/licenses/by/2.01/)]

Case Study: Taking Control of Operational Genomics

I’ve been involved in lots of discussions about the future lately. Particularly the future of medicine, the future of data science, and how these...
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Point-of-Care Molecular Diagnostics Evolve

As described by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), point-of-care (POC) instruments combine multiple analytical functions into self-contained, portable devices that can be used...
A portable NGS platform would drastically improve the efficiency of diagnosis and stem the spread of infectious disease outbreaks such as Ebola.

Nanopore Sequencing: The New Frontline of Infectious Disease Diagnostics

You’re a physician working in West Africa for Doctors Without Borders, and a child has been brought into your clinic who is febrile and...
Artistic interpretation of an exosome carrying DNA/RNA from a cancer cell. [National Institutes of Health]

Exosome Protein Useful for Early Pancreatic Cancer Detection

Precision noninvasive screening tools are paramount to diagnostic medicine for the early detection of potentially life-threating diseases. Now, researchers at The University of Texas...
Companies say their initial projects will entail developing new automation systems based on PCR and NGS technologies. [iStock/© Chagin]

Hitachi High-Tech, Qiagen Enter Molecular Testing Collaboration

Hitachi High-Technologies and Qiagen said today they have launched a long-term strategic collaboration to develop molecular testing tools. The value of the collaboration was...
Scientists at HHMI have developed a screening methodology to basically look back in time in people's sera and see what viruses they have experienced. [iStock/MarkHatfield]

One-Drop-of-Blood Test Reveals a Patient’s Viral History

New technology developed by Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) researchers makes it possible to test for current and past infections with any known human...
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