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Red Blood Cell Folate Level Is a Biomarker for Risk of Neural Tube Defects

The importance of maintaining high red blood cell (RBC) levels of folate during pregnancy to reduce risk of neural tube defects was confirmed in a review of results obtained by a large study of expectant mothers in China. A team of American and Chinese researchers worked with results obtained from 247,831 participants... Read more


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Image: Electron micrograph of human papillomavirus (HPV) (Photo courtesy of the [US] National Institutes of Health).

DNA-Based Test Predicts Likelihood of HPV-Linked Oral Cancer Recurrence

A recent paper described using a real-time quantitative polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) to detect human papillomavirus (HPV) DNA in saliva and blood for the diagnosis of oropharyngeal squamous cell... Read more

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Image: The GeneRead DNAseq Targeted Panels V2 kit (Photo courtesy of Qiagen).

Genomic Biomarkers Assess Treatment Prognosis in Blood Cancers

The biomarker gene, splicing factor 3B subunit 1(SF3B1), is believed to play a critical role in the prognosis of patients with myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS), a group of hematological cancers in which... Read more

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