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Immunoassays – News and Features

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Lab-on-a-Chip Accurately Identifies Viruses Within Three Minutes

A virus diagnosis device that gives lab-quality results within just three minutes has been invented by engineers at the University of Bath, who describe it as the ‘world’s fastest Covid test’.
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Common Polymer Found in Cosmetics Could Reduce Drug Effectiveness

A study of 500 health people has found that antibodies can develop against polyethylene glycol (PEG), a substance used in cosmetics, food and medicine, which might hinder the effectiveness of drugs.
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Autoantibody Detection for the Differentiation of Autoimmune Liver Diseases

This article explores the importance of testing for liver-related autoantibodies to differentiate between three autoimmune liver diseases.
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An Introduction to Capillary Electrophoresis: Theory, Practice and Applications

Capillary electrophoresis is a powerful separation and analysis technique that offers quick and efficient results. In this article, we explore how it works, variations on the technique and their applications.
Cancer cells.

Targeting Iron Could Lead to New Anti-Cancer Drugs

Researchers discovered a new class of iron-targeting compounds that hamper the proliferation of cultured malignant cells in a laboratory setting. The new molecules exploit the iron dependency of malignant cells.
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Trends and Advancements in Proteomics

Proteomics methods are now applied across a variety of scientific disciplines. In this article, we explore just some of the recent trends and advancements in high-throughput and single-cell proteomics.
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Screening Approach May Help Identify Glioblastoma Patients Most Likely To Benefit From Immunotherapy

Innovative preclinical research in mice models has shown that a molecular imaging technique can reveal the presence of a protein called PD-L1 in glioblastomas – the most common type of cancerous brain tumour in adults.
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Hearing Loss Restored in Mice Using Gene “Switch”

Researchers reversed hearing loss in mice by restoring the function of a defective gene. The proof-of-concept study suggests that some types of hearing loss caused by reduced gene activity could be reversible.
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Tau-Based Imaging Technique Is Superior Predictor of Alzheimer's-Linked Cognitive Decline

Early diagnosis is likely to be essential in treating Alzheimer's disease. A team has demonstrated that tau PET - a novel imaging technique for visualizing the tau protein - can predict cognitive decline in patients much better than the imaging techniques normally used.
Algae bloom on water.

Toxicity of Lake Erie Algal Bloom Varies Over Summer

New study suggests harmful algal bloom toxicity varies over the summer.