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Issue 5 2013



PCR In-Depth Focus 2013

25 October 2013 | By

In this PCR In-Depth Focus: Challenges for qRT-PCR in detecting / quantifying microRNA in vitro and in vivo; Emerging clinical applications of digital PCR; Workshop Preview: Advanced 3d cell based assays, preparation, analysis and troubleshooting...


ICH Q3D: Metal Impurities: A Critical Evaluation

22 October 2013 | By David Elder, JPAG and GlaxoSmithKline / Andrew Teasdale, JPAG chairman and AstraZeneca

Historically, control over metal impurities has been achieved via pharmacopoeial heavy metals limit tests, e.g. United States Pharmacopeia (USP) .


Practical considerations in analysing biologically active peptides by Electrospray Ionisation (ESI) Mass Spectrometry

22 October 2013 | By Birthe V. Nielsen, Faculty of Engineering and Science, University of Greenwich

Neuromodulators such as calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) and vasoactive intestinal peptide (VIP) act as biomarkers for pain assessment (pre-clinical). These markers can be detected at low concentrations by Electrospray Ionisation (ESI) Mass Spectrometry (MS). Currently, little is known about the factors affecting responsiveness in the ESI process though the response…


Informatics: The use of LIMS in the management of translational research and pilot manufacturing operations

22 October 2013 | By Diana Russom (Department of Information Technology Systems, Beckman Research Institute of the City of Hope) / Amira Ahmed and Nancy Gonzalez (Laboratory for Cellular Medicine, Beckman Research Institute of the City of Hope) / David L. DiGiusto (Laboratory for Cellular Medicine and Department of Virology, Beckman Research Institute of the City of Hope)

The volume of data generated in modern medical research centres is growing exponentially and becoming more diverse as advancements in automation and biotechnology transform the basic operations of these laboratories and clinics. Patient care and laboratory instrumentation generate data at a rate that rapidly outpaces the ability to track and…


Biomarkers for cancer treatment

22 October 2013 | By Amancio Carnero, Instituto de Biomedicina de Sevilla, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas

There is an urgent need to predict which treatment will report the most benefit to a patient with cancer. To that end, scientists are exploring any possible biomolecule in the organism that can mark each individual for its adequate treatment. If achieved, it will open a personalised medicine era.


Cell-based assays for protein-protein interactions

22 October 2013 | By Mark Wade, Center for Genomic Science of [email protected]

Protein-protein interactions (PPI) form the backbone of all cellular signalling networks, and aberrant PPI contribute to the pathology of several diseases. Thus, strategies to identify PPI modulators are expected to be therapeutically beneficial. However, there are very few examples of clinically approved PPI modulators, reflecting the difficulties of identifying effective…


Towards the real application of rapid microbiological methods in developing countries

22 October 2013 | By Michael J. Miller, President, Microbiology Consultants, LLC and Suzan Mohammed Ragheb, Department of Biotechnology, The Nile Company for Pharmaceuticals and Chemical Industries

Rapid microbiological methods (RMM) have gained popularity and acceptance within a number of industry sectors, including food and beverages, diagnostics, environmental, personal care and pharmaceuticals. In recent years, many firms have successfully validated and implemented RMMs for a wide variety of applications. However, many geographic areas around the world still…