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September 19, 2019
Scientists have studied the human brain for millennia, but only recently have they been cultivating brains – well, “minibrains” – from scratch: Researchers at University of California San Diego have programmed human stem cells to grow the pea-sized organoids of brain tissue in the lab.
September 12, 2019
Liquid biopsies are among the most exciting areas of medical diagnostics. Although the technology is in its early stages, the hope is that liquid biopsies – through a simple draw of blood or other human biofluids – will detect cancer earlier and without the invasiveness of surgical or needle biopsies. The procedure could one day be simple and cost-effective enough to conduct in the doctor’s office or in the comfort of one’s own home, even before symptoms arise.
August 15, 2019
A disease is an abnormal condition, and to fully understand it, you need to compare abnormal biology against the normal. That’s the concept behind the matched sets of human biospecimens that we provide to researchers around the world.
August 8, 2019
Alzheimer’s disease remains stubbornly resistant to cures, though some progress is being made, especially on the diagnostic side. “We don’t have a lot of positive news these days,” Martin Tolar, CEO of Alzheon, told STAT for a story on last month’s Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Los Angeles. “But I do believe there’s a lot […]
August 1, 2019
A human biospecimen is a potential font of biological data—data that when aggregated in enormous volumes and crunched by artificial intelligence drives the development of precision medicine. By analyzing genetic profiles of patients and tumors, and by matching mutations to targeted drugs, precision medicine is halting or reversing cancer…in a small fraction of cases.
July 25, 2019
As medical researchers steadily amass knowledge of the human genome, there’s a stubborn blind spot: Most genomic research arises from subjects of white European descent. In 2,500 recently published human genomics papers reviewed in one recent study, only 19% of the participants were of non-European ancestry. The diversity deficit is a problem: At stake is […]
July 18, 2019
Dave John joined iSpecimen last month as vice president of product management. Dave is a life sciences data and informatics expert with extensive experience developing solutions for genomics, translational medicine, clinical trials and electronic health records. He will help shape future capabilities of the iSpecimen Marketplace. 1. You are a data expert. How does data […]
July 11, 2019
Biofluids – including blood, plasma, saliva, urine and even cheek swabs – can tell us a lot about a person’s health, which is why patients are routinely asked to provide these samples in the lab for testing. With a small amount of blood, for example, complex testing and screening of its chemistry, enzymes, lipoproteins and […]