Science Market Update

Preventing Treatment-Induced Symptoms at WUSTL

Posted by Sam Asher on Thu, Dec 18, 2014

Sometimes treatment for some symptoms actually gives rise to other symptoms. These symptoms are called iatrogenic symptoms and reflect quite poorly on the physicians and clinics involved. As such, a focus in clinical biotechnology is to reduce iatrogenic symptoms. A study conducted by Washington University in St. Louis attempted to pinpoint the causes of iatrogenic symptoms after cancer treatment.

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UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay on Schedule and Under Budget

Posted by David Larsen on Wed, Dec 17, 2014


 San Francisco’s Mission Bay district became a magnificent conglomeration of colors and excitement as celebrities, civic dignitaries, and community members celebrated the upcoming opening of the new UCSF Medical Center with a lights-on festival and a hard hat walk. Adding excitement to the event were Jesse Tyler Ferguson, star of the ABC television show “Modern Family,” Olympic champion figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi and San Francisco Giants home run king Barry Bonds, a longtime friend and supporter of UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital San Francisco.

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Tags: California, 2015, Biotechnology Vendor Showcase, UCSF, new Building, UCSF Mission Bay

UMD Baltimore Creating New $15.2M Genome Center for Infectious Disease

Posted by Laura Braden on Tue, Dec 16, 2014

The University of Maryland, Baltimore Institute for Genome Sciences (IGS) recently received a grant of $15.2 million from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID) to establish a new research center. This 5 year award will be used to establish the IGS Genome Center for Infectious Diseases. 

The new center will be led by an interdisciplinary team of University of Maryland, Baltimore researchers from the Institute of Genome Sciences, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, and the Center for Vaccine Development who will study pathogens and their hosts using different genomic techniques to gain a better understanding of how pathogens cause harm. In the IGS Genome Center for Infectious Diseases, researchers will be able to study pathogen biology, virulence, drug resistance, immune invasion, and host-microbiome interactions using different genomics and bioinformatics approaches. (Image courtesy of Wikimedia).

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Have Some Healthy Fats This Holiday Season

Posted by David Larsen on Mon, Dec 15, 2014


Researchers at UC Davis and other institutions have found that diets rich in whole walnuts or walnut oil, slowed prostate cancer growth in mice. In addition, both walnuts and walnut oil reduced cholesterol and increased insulin sensitivity (when you have high insulin sensitivity, you are able to eat carbohydrates without such a large rise in insulin. When insulin is kept low enough, fatty acids can still be released). The walnut diet also reduced levels of the hormone IGF-1, which had been previously implicated in both prostate and breast cancer. The study was published online in the Journal of Medicinal Food.

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Tags: Biotechnology Calendar, California, 2015, UCDMC, BioResearch Product Faire Event, Sacramento

UC San Diego Engages in World Class Life Science Research

Posted by David Larsen on Fri, Dec 12, 2014


The University of California, San Diego is one of only five public universities in the U.S. to make the top 20 list in a new ranking of the world’s top 500 colleges. The campus took the No. 18 spot in U.S. News and World Report’s first-ever global ranking of universities which measured factors such as research, global and regional reputation, international collaboration as well as number of highly-cited papers and doctorates awarded. And with unending support and grants flowing in, UC San Diego is able to invest in the latest cutting edge tools for this world class research. 

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Tags: CA, Southwest, San diego Biotech, 2015, San Diego, SDVS, UC San Diego, Biotechnology Vendor Showcase Event

MSU Bioresearchers Discover Link Between Liver Cancer and Mold

Posted by Sam Asher on Thu, Dec 11, 2014

It happens to everyone: you open the fridge, excited for a slice of delicious cheese, only to find fuzzy mold growing on your food. As tempting as it may be, eating the seemingly clean, not moldy parts is not advisable, according to a paper recently published from Michigan State University, which explains a newly discovered link between moldy food and liver cancer. It goes on to provide direction on the best ways to mitigate the effects of such mold as well as to reduce the population’s intake of mold in the first place.

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UCSB Researchers Create Nanoparticles To Act Like Blood Platelets

Posted by Laura Braden on Wed, Dec 10, 2014

When someone gets an open wound or injury, one of the first things the body does is try to stop the flow of blood. The body does this by forming clots that turn the blood from liquid to gel to plug the wound and stop the body from bleeding out. If this clotting doesn't happen right away, it makes further treatment and healing of the wound more difficult or impossible. To help with the clotting process, researchers at the University of California, Santa Barbara have created nanoparticles that resemble blood platelets that can be used to speed up the healing process and create clots faster to decrease blood loss from an injury.

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Tags: CA, Southwest, 2015, BioResearch Product Faire Event, UCSB, Santa Barbara

New Neuro-Imaging Technique Developed at Rockefeller University

Posted by Laura Braden on Tue, Dec 09, 2014

A team of neuroscientists at Rockefeller University in New York have developed a new method of imaging the brain and other large biological samples, called iDISCO, that allows researchers to see molecular complexities within these samples in 3-D.  

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Tags: Rockefeller University, Northeast, 2015, RockU, BioResearch Product Faire Event, NY

More Reasons to Consider Duke as Lab Product Sales Mecca

Posted by David Larsen on Mon, Dec 08, 2014


Are you looking to grow your lab product sales revenues for 2015?   

Duke University spends hundreds of millions of dollars each year on life science research. Bolstered by NIH funding plus private support from foundations and individuals, Duke University is one of the foremost research institutions in the world. This makes for an ideal marketplace for lab suppliers and vendors to showcase products directly to managers, purchasers, and researchers at this top funded research university. 

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Arsenic Being Considered as a Cancer Fighting Tool

Posted by David Larsen on Sat, Dec 06, 2014


The Environmental Protection Agency limits the amount of arsenic in U.S. public drinking water to 10 parts per billion (ppb). Water that comes from privately owned wells may contain higher levels of arsenic, especially in areas where the groundwater flows over arsenic-rich bedrock. In a recent study done by UC Berkeley, arsenic was found to potentially show benefits as a cancer fighting agent.

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Tags: CA, water, cancer research, Southwest, 2015, Berkeley, BioResearch Product Faire Event, UC Berkeley, UCBerk