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Infectious Diseases – Highlights
Epidemic vs Pandemic
“An outbreak of this”, “epidemic of that”, “protect yourself against a potential pandemic of some horrible sounding disease”. Whether discussing disease in humans or animals, all are terms we hear on the news frequently, but do you know what the differences are between them? In this article, we take a look at the terminology used by epidemiologists and scientists to describe the occurrence and spread of disease.
Gram Positive vs Gram Negative
Being able to differentiate bacterial species is important for a host of reasons. Whilst molecular techniques can determine the specific species, even without getting into the molecular nitty gritty, there are phenotypic differences between groups of bacteria that can be used to differentiate them. One such useful classification – if a bacterium is Gram positive or Gram negative - is based on the structure of bacterial cell walls.
Sensitivity vs Specificity
When developing diagnostic tests or evaluating results, it is important to understand how reliable those tests and therefore the results you are obtaining are. By using samples of known disease status, values such as sensitivity and specificity can be calculated that allow you to evaluate just that.
Influenza: Pathology, Diagnosis and Prevention
A century has passed since the 1918 global flu pandemic, aka the ‘Spanish flu’. Back in the early 1900s, the virus was a relatively novel concept. Since then, our understanding of viruses has come a long way, as have our diagnostics tools, and control and preventative strategies.
Applications of Liquid Biopsy in Cancer and Beyond
Liquid biopsies are becoming an increasingly important tool for the early detection, prognosis and monitoring of treatment outcomes in cancer, and hold the promise of transforming the management of other diseases in the future.
How Exactly Do Antibiotics Stop Bacterial Growth?
High-performance microscopy has thrown light on the mechanisms behind how antibiotics stop bacterial growth.
Drug With Potential To Ease Pain in Osteoarthritis Moves to Clinical Trial
Results from an animal study published in Science Translational Medicine demonstrate that a drug compound can disrupt overactivation of inflammation and manage pain and stiffness in osteoarthritis. The drug will be tested in upcoming Phase I and IIa clinical trials.
New Drug Candidate Identified Against Mpox
A new drug candidate – nitroxoline – for treating mpox has been identified, with clinical trials due to begin soon.
Leading Scientists Discuss 3D Organoid Culture Research
AMSBIO has interviewed two extraordinary women in the 3D cell culture and organoid field to mark International Women’s Day on March 8, and World Organoid Research Day on March 22.
Voltron Therapeutics, Inc. Announces Sponsored Research Agreement With the Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, To Initiate a Pre-Clinical Immuno-Oncology Trial
Voltron Therapeutics, Inc. has signed a new Sponsored Research Agreement with the Vaccine and Immunotherapy Center at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School to initiate a pre-clinical immuno-oncology trial targeting prostate stem cell antigen in prostate, renal cell and urothelial cancers, adding important potential indications to its growing pipeline.
Beckman Coulter Partners With MeMed To Develop a Diagnostic Test To Distinguish Between Bacterial and Viral Infections
Beckman Coulter Diagnostics and MeMed have announced a strategic partnership to jointly develop and commercialize a host immune response diagnostic that is able to distinguish between bacterial and viral infections for use on the Access Family of Immunoassay Analysers.