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UCLA Scientists Propose Benchmark to Better Replicate Natural Stem Cell Development in the Laboratory Environment

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UCLA researchers have developed a benchmark to assess how well stem cell culture conditions in the lab resemble counterparts in the developing embryo

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Numbers Meets CSI: Qualifying Value of Forensic Evidence

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Nick Stokes of CSI using fingerprints to identify the murdered and Charlie Eppes of Numbers solving crimes via mathematical equations lead many people to assume that forensic science is a highly technical field relying on experts that always have a definitive answer about culpability. In fact, forensic statistics is a relatively new field that is working to establish investigative techniques and quantitative methods that ensure accuracy in suspect identification. There are about 25 statisticians worldwide working in forensics science. Two of these happen to be in the mathematics and statistics department at South Dakota State University and have recently received a $780,300 grant to advance the science.

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A New Dent in HIV-1’s Armor

Salk scientists identify a promising target for HIV/AIDS treatment

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Diagnostic Tests Key to Helping Swine Producers Fight Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus

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An emerging virus demands quick action. One week after the diagnostic lab at Iowa State confirmed that porcine epidemic diarrhea virus had spread to the United States, Animal Disease Research and Diagnostic Lab researchers at South Dakota State University released a diagnostic test to differentiate PEDv genetic material from that of other viruses. A faster, more sensitive second-generation PCR test was commercially available within a few months.

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Climate Change Impacts Countered By Stricter Fisheries Management

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A new study has found that implementing stricter fisheries management overcame the expected detrimental effects of climate change disturbances in coral reef fisheries badly impacted by the 1997/98 El Niño, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society.

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Ag Water Management Network Honored for Innovation

An innovative network that has helped farmers save water and energy is honored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture

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From Rock-'n'-Roller to Biomedical Scientist

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When Tom Stratton was a college sophomore in 2004, his indie-rock band, Socratic, did a show in Los Angeles, and a record company offered them a contract that night. He left school, played drums and guitar on tour in Asia and Australia and throughout the U.S., recorded albums, and now – 10 years later – is still earning high praise for his work, though not as a musician. Tom Stratton has become a very talented biomedical scientist conducting top-level pharmaceutical research in a lab at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School.

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The Association for Molecular Pathology Adds Late-Breaking Session on Laboratory Developed Procedures Oversight and Regulation to the 2014 Annual Meeting Program

AMP's late-breaking session, titled, “Framework for Oversight of LDTs: A Conversation with FDA” is scheduled for Thursday, November 13, 2014 at 1:00pm EST. Immediately following, AMP will host a press conference, convening a panel of molecular pathology clinical professionals, from a variety of clinical laboratory settings, to appropriately frame the discussion regarding clinical care and appropriate regulation.

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