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A Novel Miniaturized Cell Lysis Device Using Spherically Focused Ultrasound
Gang Li, Hong Xiao, Min Guo and Jing Cheng

A prototype of miniaturized cell lysis device has been developed using a spherically concave transducer, which is capable of lysing bacteria in absence of added chemical denaturants or enzymes and lysing yeast efficiently without any mechanical or enzymatic pretreatment.

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EuroGentest: Reference Materials for Genetic Testing
David E Barton, David Gancberg, Philippe Corbisier, Sarah Berwouts, Elisabeth Dequeker and Christine Brady

The lack of reference materials (RMs) for most genetic tests causes difficulties in validating and developing new assays, and results in tests being run without proper quality controls. EuroGentest and the EU-funded network for Medical Genetics, is addressing this issue by defining the present and future needs for RMs, setting priorities for and supporting the development of new RMs and building an enduring network involving all stakeholders in RM development.

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Preliminary Report: The Geriatric Propamed Study: Prospective pharmacopgenetics in geriatrics
Dr LS Griffith, Dr L Chialda and Dr A Pahl

In a worldwide first proscpective phamacogenetic study preliminary results show reduction of adverse drug reactions and hospitilisation stays for geriatric patients after pharmacogenetic testing and medication interaction analysis to fit the medicine to the patient.

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Development of a Lab-on-a-Chip for the Characterization of Human Cells
Richter, L., Stepper, C., Mak, A., Brückl, H. and Ertl, P.

Cell chips are developed to continuously monitor mammalian cell population dynamics in a non-invasive manner. In the presented work we describe the design, fabrication and characterization of a lab-on-a-chip for quantitative cell analysis.

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Label-free Identification of Microorganisms using a Contact-less Dielectric Microsensor
Ertl, P., Richter, L., Reinthaler, A., Stepper, C., Mak, A., Kast, M., Heer, R. and Brückl, H.

Microfabricated biochips are developed to continuously monitor cell population dynamics in a non-invasive manner. In the presented work we describe the novel combination of contact-less dielectric microsensors and microfluidics to promote biofilm formation for quantitative cell analysis.

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DNA Methylation Analysis – Reliable Cell Characterization in Regenerative Medicine
Uli Hoffmueller, Stephen Rapko, Udo Baron, Georg Wieczorek, Alexander Hellwag, Cornelia Krüger, Stefan Kärst, Leslie Wolfe and Sven Olek

We demonstrate that DNA methylation patterns can serve as characteristic markers to distinguish different cell types. We have identified panels of methylation markers that are specific to mesenchymal stem cells or various differentiated cell types in the mesenchymal lineage. This method of cell type identification has a number of advantages over conventional markers in that it is robust, is both qualitative and quantitative.

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EM Algorithm for Gene Copy Number Estimation Using TaqMan® Assays
Catalin Barbacioru, Kelly Li, Caifu Chen and Raymond Samaha

Recently, TaqMan® assays have been developed for detection of genetic variation at gene level using primers and probes designed for genomic DNA sequences. The R package TaqGCN contains classes and methods that can be used for data reading and plotting, and for predicting gene copy number.

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EasyBeacons™ - new Probes Ideal for Realtime PCR Detection of Methylation Status of Single CpG Duplets and SNPs
K. Skadhauge, C. Nielsen & U.B. Christensen

The EasyBeacons™ presented here are based on the novel technology Intercalating Nucleic Acid, INA®, linked to a fluorophore and a quencher. INA® is composed of normal DNA nucleotides and Intercalating Pseudo Nucleotides (IPNs). The fact that the EasyBeacons™ are mostly composed of normal DNA nucleotides means that in many respects EasyBeacons™ behave like DNA based probes, allowing use of standard buffers, primers and enzymes and hence reduces the optimisation efforts.

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Real-time PCR in Diagnostics of Plant Viruses
Mehle N., Boben J. and Ravnikar M.

Sensitive and specific method real-time PCR was developed for diagnostics of certain plant viruses. Real-time PCR can be used for determination of different viruses as well as for differentiation between related strains of viruses. The method can also be used for detection of low concentrations of plant viruses in various samples such as environmental waters, growth substrates and seeds.

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Toward a Faster, More Accurate Way to Diagnose Stroke
A fast diagnosis and treatment can mean the difference between life and death.
New Clinical Study on the Relationship Between Imaging and OVA1®
New analysis explores interactions between clinical risk factors used in pre-surgical assessment.
BC Team Leading Innovative Advances for Childhood Cancer Diagnostics
ChildSeq-RNA assay to identify specific genetic alterations in childhood sarcomas.
VolitionRx’s NuQ® Assays Demonstrate 80% Detection Rate in Prostate Cancer
Study data also demonstrates ability to distinguish between prostate and colorectal cancer.
Genetic Disorder Causing Strokes, Vascular Inflammation in Children Discovered
NIH researchers have identified gene variants that cause a rare syndrome of sporadic fevers, skin rashes and recurring strokes, beginning early in childhood.
PrenaTest® is Now Applicable for Multiple Pregnancies
To be generally applied after IVF, egg donation and other infertility treatments.
Speeding Validation of Disease Targets
NIH, industry and non-profits join forces to develop new treatments earlier, beginning with Alzheimer’s, type 2 diabetes, and autoimmune disorders.
Defending Ourselves by Keeping ‘Junk DNA’ Quiet
By genome-wide mapping in two mutant cell lines, the Meehan lab shows that loss of DNA methylation is coincident with specific activation of the IAP endogenous retroposon and the appearance of virus like particles.
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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