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Experimental liquid biopsy predicts gastric cancer recurrence

March 5, 2020

A blood draw has successfully predicted the recurrence of gastric cancer long before it would otherwise be detectible in the latest example of liquid biopsy’s promise.

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We make it easier to access a deeper supply of hematologic tissue, multipotent stem and immune cells

February 20, 2020

Life science researchers are increasingly discovering the value that iSpecimen’s Marketplace and its growing network of supply partners – hospitals, clinical labs, biobanks, blood collection centers, and healthy cell processing sites – provide by enabling increased access to large cohorts of specimens and annotated data, efficiently and in a scalable way.

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Researchers flip drug discovery script, unleashing thousands of medicines on cancer cells

February 13, 2020

Instead of starting with a disease and looking for a cure, Boston area researchers recently started with thousands of drugs and watched what they did to cancer.

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Brain organoids may advance personalized cancer care

February 5, 2020

What’s the best way to understand a patient’s specific cancer? Quickly recreate a facsimile outside his or her body. That appears to be the thinking behind Penn Medicine’s work to grow organoids from patients’ brain tumor tissue.

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Expect more medical miracles in 2020 and beyond

January 21, 2020

Although January is just another month and the 2020s are just another decade, big changes in the calendar give us pause. As another year unfolds, I marvel at how far biomedical research has come and where it will take us in the next year and beyond.

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In new mouse study, injured heart tissue heals vs. regenerates

January 9, 2020

New research is helping to clarify scientists’ understanding of how post-heart-attack cardiac function sometimes improves after injections of cells. Hearts are healing, not actually regenerating tissue as many thought, the new research suggests.

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Atrial fibrillation risk climbs with stature

December 20, 2019

The taller you are the more likely you are to develop atrial fibrillation, according to a new study relying on genetic data from more than a million people. Every inch in height over 5 feet 7 inches translates into about a 3 percent increase in AFib risk, according to the Penn Medicine study. 

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CRISPR-Edited Stem Cells Yield Impressive Early Results

December 12, 2019

Two patients with serious conditions have shown remarkable results after receiving cutting-edge treatment using CRISPR, the revolutionary gene-editing tool, to alter blood-producing stem cells.

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Specimens Drive Discovery in Kidney Disease Testing

December 4, 2019

Using data from the records of more than 400,000 patients in the UK Biobank, researchers from the University of Glasgow say they’ve been able to determine which of three kidney function tests is the most effective at predicting cardiovascular risk, which is associated with chronic kidney disease.

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Stem Cell Transplants Reverse Disabling MS-like Disease

November 14, 2019

Stem cell transplants continue to yield positive results in patients with multiple sclerosis and other autoimmune diseases, with the latest milestone emerging from Northwestern Medicine and Mayo Clinic.

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