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Math Trumps Science in Diagnosing Parkinson’s Disease

 :: Posted by American Biotechnologist on 08-07-2012

Although there are no existing biomarkers for Parkinson’s, diagnosis may just be a phone call away.

Google earth for cell biologist

 :: Posted by American Biotechnologist on 08-06-2012

Just as users of Google Earth can zoom in from space to a view of their own backyard, researchers can now navigate biological tissues from a whole embryo down to its subcellular structures thanks to recent advances in electron microscopy and image processing, as described in The Journal of Cell Biology (JCB). An upgrade to the JCB DataViewer (http://jcb-dataviewer.rupress.org), JCB’s browser-based image presentation tool, now also makes these data publicly accessible for exploration and discovery.

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Why didn’t I think of that?

 :: Posted by American Biotechnologist on 08-02-2012

It’s the little things in life that frustrate me the most. Like fumbling around with a fine tipped Sharpie trying to label a strip of 0.2ml PCR tubes. Now that’s frustrating. Then there are people that use their brains for finding creative solutions instead of just whining about the problem to their lab mates. Here is one such example. I wish I had thought of that!

What tips do you have for your fellow biotechnologists that can help save them both time and sanity?

How Sweet It Is: Printing Blood Vessels Out of Sugar

 :: Posted by American Biotechnologist on 07-10-2012

Scientists at the University of Pennsylvania are printing blood vessel networks out of sugar.

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Editing DNA with programmable RNA scissors

 :: Posted by American Biotechnologist on 06-28-2012

Genetic engineers and genomics researchers should welcome the news from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) where an international team of scientists has discovered a new and possibly more effective means of editing genomes. This discovery holds potentially big implications for advanced biofuels and therapeutic drugs, as genetically modified microorganisms, such as bacteria and fungi, are expected to play a key role in the green chemistry production of these and other valuable chemical products.

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