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Regulating Pharmaceutical Pricing – What the Scientists Say

9th Oct, 2015

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In this campaign year, politicians have once again started to consider the issue of regulating pharmaceutical pricing policies.  It’s not a new concept but recent practices of certain pharmaceutical companies have given this topic new life.

An article in The New York Times on October 4th reported on several pharmaceutical companies that were buying existing patented therapeutic drugs and dramatically…

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Percepta Announces Expansion with New Offices In Seattle

28th Sep, 2015

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Percepta Associates Inc., a leading provider of market research for the biotools industry, today announced the opening of new offices in Seattle.  The new office space is in the Madrona Business Plaza located at 1421 34th Ave., Seattle, WA  98122 and will provide a second west coast center of operations.

“Percepta’s new offices in Seattle will allow us to expand capabilities beyond our current…

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Brain Immune System Link Found

3rd Jun, 2015

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If there is something new to learn about the immune related brain disorders – this is it.  Scientist at the University of Virginia School of Medicine have determined that the brain is directly connected to the immune system by vessels previously thought not to exist.  read more

 

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HIV testing – prevalent CLIA waived tests

12th Mar, 2015

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Approximately 570 diagnostic tests and testing systems have been approved by the FDA for exclusion from regulation under CLIA criteria.  These tests are referred to as CLIA waived tests.

Roughly 4% of all CLIA waived tests in existence in the United States are HIV tests or test systems. Though all CLIA waived tests, including HIV tests, are designed to be…

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Herpes vaccine in development uses novel mechanism

10th Mar, 2015

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Researchers at Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Albert Einstein Medical College have reported the development of a promising herpes vaccine using a novel approach to defeating the prevalent virus. The new vaccine works by inducing antibody-dependent cell-mediated cytotoxicity (ADCC), a well studied immuno-response, that signals the immune system to destroy infected cells. Read the…

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CLIA Lab Genetic Testing Platforms – See the Score Card

27th Feb, 2015

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) regulates all non-research laboratory testing performed on humans in the U.S. through the 1988 Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (or CLIA for short). Many of the tests performed are genetic tests that assess DNA and/or RNA.  For years this amounted mostly to PCR and blotting methods.  However, more and more clinical labs…

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Epigenome Roadmap of Gene Switches Published

19th Feb, 2015

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A slew of papers focused on an epigenome roadmap and the nature of gene regulation were published this week, highlighting the increasing importance of understanding not just genes but the switches that control them.  The focused effort of more than 200 scientists that authored the publications was the topic of a New York Times article today. Understanding the organization of…

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Common Cold Cure on Horizon?

4th Feb, 2015

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Viruses responsible for the common cold, polio, and hepatitis C and HIV are all single-stranded RNA pathogens. Scientists at University of Leeds and University of York have identified the code responsible for the infection by these most common and, at times, most deadly RNA viruses.  The discovery is important as it should lead to new research to block the deployment of…

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Georgia Tech scientists track ribonucleotides in DNA

26th Jan, 2015

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An article published in Nature Methods today by scientists at Georgia Tech describes a method of tracking ribonucleotides in DNA which, when incorporated during DNA repair, can be an important source of mutations leading to certain neurological (and other) diseases.  The method called Ribos-seq will help researchers understand how ribonucleotides can change the function of cellular DNA.  Similar methods were also…

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Top Laboratory Practices in the Life Sciences

23rd Jan, 2015

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It feels like we all know that there are certain laboratory practices that are common in most life science labs but how well do we know the list?  Percepta polled over 1,000 global scientists to find out the relative usage of 11 techniques used in life science laboratories.  While there may have been some shifting of the rank order,…

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