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GC-MS Comparison of Lavindin Grosso Oil Obtained by Steam Distillation and SFE
Claudia Worley, Lisa Zona, Susan Sonchik Marine

Oil was extracted from Lavindin Grosso using steam distillation and using supercritical fluid extraction (SFE). Multiple analyses of the same extract demonstrated repeatability of the analytical method. The variability between batches of distillate bracketed the composition obtained by SFE. The differences among the oils could be attributed more to where the lavender was grown than to the extraction method.

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A multianalyte algorithm PCR-based blood test outperforms single analyte ELISA-based blood tests for neuroendocrine tumor detection
Mark Kidd, Irvin M Modlin, Daniele Alaimo, Stephen Callahan, Nancy Teixiera, Lisa Bodei, Ignat Drozdov

In a prospective study, in age-/sex- and ethnicity-matched patients and controls (n=82), a 51 panel multigene blood transcript test (NETest) was identified to be significantly more sensitive and accurate (>93%) than any single analyte assay (Chromogranin A, Pancreastatin or Neurokinin A) for neuroendocrine tumor detection.

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Purification of Synthetic Oligodeoxynucleotides via Catching by Polymerization
Suntara Fueangfung, Shiyue Fang

This poster describes new simple methods for oligodeoxynucleotide purification without chromotography.

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Identification and classification of antifouling compounds secreted by anti MIC microorganisms. A metabolomic analysis.
Albillos SM; Balaña-Fouce R; Montero O; Barreiro-Mendez C; Blas-Galindo E; Barros-García R; Guedella-Bustamante E; Ullán RV

BIOCORIN project, aims to develop a green alternative to the coatings and solutions used up to date for MIC corrosion control. Some of the results of this project are presented here, with the identification of several relevant antifouling compounds secreted by environmentally isolated anti-MIC strains of microorganisms via a metabolomic approach.

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Rapid Identification of Microorganisms by Touch Spray and Paper Spray Ambient Ionization
Ahmed M. Hamid, Alan K. Jarmusch, Valentina Pirro and R. Graham Cooks

The rapid and accurate identification of microorganisms is necessary in order to improve public health. Molecular-based identification allows for rapid patient treatment and provides more accurate diagnoses, two crucial aspects for successful treatment, yet a great challenge. In this work PS-MS, an existing ambient method, and TS-MS, a newly developed technique, are being utilized in the rapid discrimination of microorganisms (<2 min).

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Low-cost “Plug & Play” On-Chip Valve and Pump for Thermoplastic Microfluidics
Mousavi Shaegh Seyed Ali, Wang Zhenfeng, Toh Guek Geok, Soh Yong Chear

Scientists have developed a novel on-chip valving solution for thermoplastic microfluidic devices, which is reliable, easy to implement, and has low-cost fabrication.

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Determination of Metabolically Unstable Drugs in Blood by Heat-Stabilized DBS and LC-MS/MS

The aims of this work were to investigate drug stability prior to, during and after blood spot sampling, using procaine, prulofloxacine, esmolol, and acetylsalisylic acid as examples of drug compounds with limited stability and to compare conventional DBS sampling procedure with DBS sampling including heat stabilization.

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Evaluation of 2012 Bowel Cancer Awareness and Early Diagnosis Campaign at a District General Hospital
M Alkhusheh, H Asalieh, N Smith

Following the regional Be Clear on Cancer campaign, the Department of Health launched a national bowel cancer awareness campaign from 30 January 2012. The campaign ran until the end of March.

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FDG PET/CT Utility in Gynecologic Malignancies: A comprehensive review of anatomy, pathways of metastatic spread and scan findings
Nicholas Plaxton, MD, Aruna Polsani, MD, Raghuveer Halkar, MD, Karen Godette, MD, Barron, Bruce, MD

Our objective was to review the five major gynaecologic cancers (cervical, ovarian, uterine, vaginal, and vulvar) and demonstrate the role of FDG PET/CT in diagnosis, surveillance, FIGO staging and treatment strategy.

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Saliva’s Diagnostic Potential
Vikender Yadav

Advantages and disadvantages of using saliva as a diagnostic source of information.

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Speeding Validation of Disease Targets
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Defending Ourselves by Keeping ‘Junk DNA’ Quiet
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Protein-Measurement Technique’s Could Standardize Quantification of the Human Proteome
Novel method could alleviate bottleneck in bringing cancer biomarkers to the clinic and increase reproducibility of pre-clinical research.
Application of MALDI-TOF Mass Spectrometry in Clinical Virology
MS methods can be used currently for viral diagnosis but refinement of technology will be an important approach for the introduction of MALDI-TOF in routine viral diagnosis.
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