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Month: May 2018

Depression’s hidden biology exposed

May 31, 2018

Although everyone experiences sadness from time to time, depression is different. It causes severe, lingering symptoms that can affect how you feel, think, and handle daily activities, such as sleeping, eating, or working. An estimated 16.2 million adults in the United States had at least one major depressive episode in 2016, representing nearly 7 percent of all U.S. […]

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biobank challenges acquiring human biospecimens

As specimens lie idle in freezers, patients await cures

May 22, 2018

And biobanks lose needed revenue Although biobanks do tremendous good for the world, many want to do even better. Biobanks collect tissue, biofluids and cells for use by researchers working toward new cures, treatments and vaccines. To better understand their challenges, we created a detailed questionnaire that 42 biobank professionals from around the world filled […]

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tissue blocks for finding new breast cancer therapies

Cancer Tissue Blocks for Triple Negative Breast Cancer Research

May 10, 2018

May Specimen Spotlight “Triple negative” is a less common category of breast cancer that is more challenging to treat, often requiring surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. The name signifies that the cancer is not fueled, as the majority of breast cancers are, by estrogen, progesterone or the HER-2 protein. These other cancer types can often be […]

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