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Drug developers rawn to orphan drugs market

Breakthrough therapies for rare diseases command premium pricing, particularly if no alternatives exist

31-03-2014

The global orphan drugs market presents plenty of opportunities for new drug development – while there are only 172 approved orphan therapies, over 6,800 orphan diseases exist according to the United States National Institute of Health (NIH). Advancements in drug discovery capabilities coupled ...

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Biological testing tool tests in fraction of time of industry standard

28-03-2014

Northeastern University professor of pharmaceutical sciences, Tania Konry, has developed a single instrument that can conduct a wide range of biological scans in a fraction of the time and cost of industry standard equipment. That's because it uses considerably less material and ultra-sensitive ...

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Real-life CSI: What can investigators really tell from gunshot residue?

28-03-2014

The popular TV series "CSI" is fiction, but every day, real-life investigators and forensic scientists collect and analyze evidence to determine what happened at crime scenes. In a study published in the ACS journal Analytical Chemistry, scientists say they have developed a more rapid and ...

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Nanotube coating helps shrink mass spectrometers

27-03-2014

Nanotechnology is advancing tools likened to Star Trek's "tricorder" that perform on-the-spot chemical analysis for a range of applications including medical testing, explosives detection and food safety. Researchers found that when paper used to collect a sample was coated with carbon nanotubes, ...

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Eurofins: Acquisition in the USA

27-03-2014

Eurofins Scientific announces the acquisition of the food and environmental testing laboratory of Maintpartner Group. Lasse Mäkelä, Managing Director for Eurofins Scientific, Finland:"The acquisition of the Kokkola laboratory reflects Maintpartner's confidence that Eurofins has the capabilities ...

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Rapid and detailed analysis of proteins

26-03-2014

Proteins are vital participants in virtually all life processes, including growth, repair and signaling in cells; catalysis of chemical reactions and defense against infection. For these reasons, proteins can provide critical signposts of health and disease, provided they can be identified and ...

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Automatic tracking of biological particles in cell microscopy images

Heidelberg scientists develop powerful automatic method for image analysis

26-03-2014

In order to track the movements of biological particles in a cell, scientists at Heidelberg University and the German Cancer Research Center have developed a powerful analysis method for live cell microscopy images. This so-called probabilistic particle tracking method is automatic, ...

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Plastics analysis at analytica 2014: Optimum quality assurance thanks to the latest developments

24-03-2014

Modern and functional materials play an increasingly important role in our everyday lives – from medical instruments and consumer goods to industrial high-tech products in the electronics and automotive industries. Complex materials testing and quality control call for increasingly sophisticated ...

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Small step towards growing tissue in the lab

21-03-2014

University of Adelaide mathematicians have devised a method for identifying how cell clusters have formed by analysing an image of the cluster. Published in the Journal of Theoretical Biology, their mathematical modelling tool will be useful in helping biologists and tissue engineers to move ...

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Catching the early spread of breast cancer

21-03-2014

When cancer spreads from one part of the body to another, it becomes even more deadly. It moves with stealth and can go undetected for months or years. But a new technology that uses "nano-flares" has the potential to catch these lurking, mobilized tumor cells early on. "We've taken perhaps the ...

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