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Month: September 2018

Microbiota biospecimens for gut health research

Plot thickens in story of gut’s connection to health

September 27, 2018

When it comes to the mysteries of human biology, the gut is a universe all its own. Our microbiota (often called microbiomes) are host to trillions of bacteria, fungi and other microbes – good, bad and yet to be determined. As unique as fingerprints, our microbiota can yield insights about our overall health. Three new microbiota studies […]

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Like a ‘weather forecast,’ liquid biopsy predicts cancer drug resistance and tumor return

September 20, 2018

The blood reveals volumes about a person’s health, including organ function, health risks, the presence of certain diseases, and even what time it is according to your biological clock. Liquid biopsies are emerging diagnostic tools intended to leverage the power of the blood by detecting cancer without surgery or long needles. A blood sample provides […]

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Biospecimen procurement

Fresh blood samples from clinic to out-of-state lab. Every day, in a two-hour window.

September 14, 2018

September Specimen Spotlight There are two ways for research organizations to procure human biospecimens, broadly speaking: Order them from existing inventories. Have them collected explicitly for the task at hand. We offer both. Although our iSpecimen Marketplace is optimized for procurement from existing inventories around the world, we often arrange prospective custom collection of new biospecimens […]

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Researchers see potential in rapid gene sequencing, direct treatment during brain surgery

September 6, 2018

The passing of U.S. Sen. John McCain underscores brain cancer’s formidable medical challenges, one of which is the blood-brain barrier: Many medicines that enter the bloodstream can’t reach the brain. Brain surgery, however, provides direct access to a tumor site, and craniotomy could someday become an occasion for drug-based treatment, according to a news release from […]

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