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Extracellular microRNA: the promises for the diagnostics of multiple diseases

21 February 2013 | By Andrey Turchinovich and Barbara Burwinkel, German Cancer Research Center

This mini-review aims to summarise recent advances in the field of molecular diagnostic of diseases using extracellular circulating miRNA in biological fluids. We will also discuss obstacles in developing miRNAs as circulating biomarkers as well as the potential future of the field.

Getting to grips with drug resistance in the human protein kinase superfamily

21 February 2013 | By Patrick A Eyers, Department of Oncology, Sheffield Cancer Research Centre, University of Sheffield

Protein kinases represent a vast, partially untapped resource of drug targets for therapeutic intervention in human disease. The remarkable success of the tyrosine kinase inhibitor Imatinib, which is now the first-line therapy in Philadelphia-positive tyrosine kinase inhibitor Imatinibhas galvanised biomedical researchers in an attempt to repeat the landmark success of…

New Abbott test available in Europe provides novel tool to aid doctors in evaluating potential heart attacks

9 January 2013 | By

An estimated 17 million people throughout the world die annually of cardiovascular diseases, specifically heart attacks or strokes.1 Time is a critical factor in diagnosing and treating people who may be having a potential heart attack. To aid physicians in detecting heart attacks sooner, Abbott announced today CE Marking (Conformité…

Future trends in drug discovery technology

18 December 2012 | By Terry McCann, TJM Consultancy

The average cost to a major pharmaceutical company of developing a new drug is over USD 6 billion1. Herper1 observes that the pharmaceutical industry is gripped by rising failure rates and costs, and suggests that the cost of new drugs will be reduced by new technologies and deeper understanding of…

Putting the ‘fun’ into functional genomics: a review of RNAi genomewide cellular screens

18 December 2012 | By Dr. Stephen Brown, Sheffield RNAi Screening Facility, Biomedical Sciences, University of Sheffield

As RNA interference (RNAi) enters its teenage years from the first critical observations, it has now reached a multi-billion pound industry. There are few research areas that have expanded as quickly and spectacularly as the field of RNAi. The potential of RNAi initially sparked a functional genomics gold rush. Different…

RNA quality matters

18 December 2012 | By Mikael Kubista, Jens Björkman, David Svec and Robert Sjöback, TATAA Biocenter

RNA levels can be measured with very high specificity, sensitivity and accuracy with techniques such as real-time quantitative PCR (qPCR), microarray analysis and next generation sequencing. This makes messenger (m) RNAs and potentially microRNAs and other non-coding RNAs popular as biomarkers. But RNA is less stable and more dynamic than…

Tecan and TAP Biosystems to automate RAFT™ 3D cell culturing on the Freedom EVO®

30 October 2012 | By kdm communications limited

Tecan and TAP Biosystems, a leading supplier of innovative cell culture systems, have announced a co-marketing agreement to further expand the automated 3D cell culture capabilities of the Freedom EVO® liquid handling platform. Automation of TAP’s collagen-based RAFT™ cell culture system will allow scientists to quickly and conveniently create 3D…

qPCR In-Depth Focus 2012

24 October 2012 | By

In this qPCR In-Depth Focus: Setting the bar; Q & A - Mikael Kubista from the TATAA Biocenter poses five questions for Jay Brock, Senior Manager, Applications and Technical Support, USB® Life Science Reagents from Affymetrix; Not your grandfathers’ real-time PCR...

Biologics: Teamwork pays off in race to expand market for monoclonal antibodies

22 October 2012 | By Bahija Jallal, Executive Vice President, Research & Development, MedImmune

The first biologic drug – infliximab (Remicade) – was launched in 1998 with initial sales of USD 500 million per annum. By 2010, Reuters’ top 10 drugs by sales included five biologics (Remicade, Enbrel, Humira, Avastin and Humira) generating around USD 34 billion in revenue, including USD 7.4 billion from…

Preparing biocompatible materials for non-permanent medical devices

22 October 2012 | By Vinod B. Damodaran and Jessica M. Joslin, Department of Chemistry, Colorado State University and Melissa M. Reynolds, Department of Chemistry and School of Biomedical Engineering, Colorado State University

Biodegradable polymers comprise an important class of biomaterials due to their ability to satisfy short-term requirements for medical applications where a permanent implant is not required. However, current biodegradable polymers suffer from undesirable chemical properties that lead to improper elimination from the body and potentially toxic by-products. Additionally, medical polymers…