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Image: A recent JHU study showed how the human genome relates to blood pressure regulation (Photo courtesy of Shutterstock).

New Genes Implicated in High Blood Pressure Regulation

High blood pressure, or hypertension, affects one in three adults in the USA, according to the government authorities. The condition increases the risk for heart disease and stroke, but most people with high blood pressure are not aware they have it. More...
27 Sep 2016
Image: A scanning electron micrograph (SEM) shows an oral squamous cancer cell (white) being attacked by two cytotoxic T-cells (red). The tumor-specific T-cells were developed from the patient’s own immune system, a “personalized cancer vaccine” like those that may be developed in the future with the help of NIST’s standardized human genomes as reference materials (Photo courtesy of R.E. Serda / NCI).

New Standardized Whole Genomes Released to Improve Quality Control

Researchers have expanded the set of tools for more accurate next generation sequencing (NGS) analysis of genomes by developing 4 additional reference materials (RMs) to run as controls for assessing performance of the equipment, chemistry, and data analysis being used. More...
26 Sep 2016
Sekisui Diagnostics

Test Developed for Healthcare-Acquired Infections Validated

Healthcare-acquired infections (HAIs) kill tens of thousands of people each year and add significantly to healthcare costs. Multidrug resistant and epidemic strains are a large proportion of HAI agents, and multidrug resistant strains of Klebsiella pneumoniae, a leading HAI agent, have become an urgent public health crisis. More...
22 Sep 2016

Tumor Analysis Method Identifies High-Risk Prostate Cancer

A new way to identify which prostate cancer patients are likely to develop aggressive types of the disease, even if their tumors at first appear to be lower risk, has been created. More...
21 Sep 2016
Image: The nCounter analysis system (Photo courtesy of NanoString Technologies).

Rare Inflammatory Disease Identified in Children

A rare, deadly inflammatory disease among young children, known as otulipenia has been discovered, and it is caused by the malfunction of OTULIN, a gene on chromosome 5 that regulates the development of new blood vessels and the mobilization of infection-fighting cells and proteins. More...
20 Sep 2016

Proteomic Testing May Enable NIV Diagnosis of Respiratory Pathologies in Preterm Newborns

A team of researchers is developing its new method for noninvasive diagnosis and therapeutic response monitoring of conditions in preterm newborns based on marker sets now identified by proteome analysis of urine samples. More...
19 Sep 2016
Image: A positive case of lung tissue detected by IHC-staining for anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) with Ventana ALK (D5F3) CDx assay (Photo courtesy of Ventana).

Combined Use of Assays Identifies Cancer Patient Response to Crizotinib

In screening of a large cohort for anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) fusions through both fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) and immunohistochemistry (IHC) assays, researchers found many non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients who had negative and atypical FISH patterns accompanied with positive IHC results, who showed response to crizotinib treatment. More...
19 Sep 2016


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