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Month: October 2016


What Do Witches’ Cauldrons and Medical Researchers Have in Common? A Need for Diverse Biospecimens

October 31, 2016

“Eye of newt, and toe of frog, Wool of bat, and tongue of dog, Adder’s fork, and blind-worm’s sting, Lizard’s leg, and howlet’s wing — For a charm of powerful trouble, Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.” Most of us know this famous line uttered by the three ugly crones in Macbeth as they stir […]

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Bringing Precision Medicine to the Masses: IBM’s Watson Crunches Big Data for Big Impact

October 19, 2016

The movement to bring the benefits of precision medicine to the masses gained significant momentum this week, as IBM launched a new project with Quest Diagnostics to help better diagnose and treat cancer patients across the nation. Called IBM Watson for Genomics, the project is a genomic tumor sequencing and diagnostic analysis service, powered by […]

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September Specimen Spotlight: Targeting Triple Negative Breast Cancer with Immunotherapy

October 12, 2016

As we continue observance of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we thought it timely to share an order we fulfilled last month for scientists working on a personalized treatment for a particularly challenging subset of the disease – triple negative breast cancer. This month’s Specimen Spotlight highlights matched sets of fresh tumor tissue, normal adjacent tissue, […]

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Crowdsourcing Data, Not Dollars

October 5, 2016

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a time when millions of advocates don the color pink and strive to raise money to combat the disease. But, despite the long-running success of fundraising initiatives such as Relay for Life, the study of metastatic breast cancer (MBC) – or cancer that has spread to the bones, brain, […]

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