November 2013

New Method of Diagnosing Cancer Through Bodily Fluids

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A group of scientists from UCLA and Harvard University, have established a technique to measure physical properties of individual cells in body fluids.  The technique has the ability to diagnose cancer with precision.  The method, which uses a deformability cytometer to analyze individual cells, could decrease the need for more cumbersome assays and  reduce costs, while improving accuracy over current tests.

Build Your Own Centrifuge For $200.00 (DIYbio) Project Called OpenFuge

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Starting up a lab but don’t have the budget to buy new?  No worries!  Here’s a cool do it yourself (DIY) centrifuge project called OpenFuge that instructs amateurs on how to build a 9,000 RPM centrifuge for $200.00.  The easy to do build your own centrifuge was first discovered on and has circled the web in high demand.   The OpenFuge is a relatively low cost open-sourc

Bionic Brain Implants To Treat Mental Health Disorders

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Researchers are emerging the first bionic implant to aid mental disorders.  Within the next three years Professor Xu-Feng Huang and his researchers from the University of Wollongong in Australia will lead the development of a bionic implant which will alleviate the symptoms of schizophrenia. Schizophrenia is a mental condition that affects about 1% of the world’s population.

Gene Mutations In mtDNA May Not Be As Rare As Believed

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The human genome is absolutely incredible. There is a symphony of genes turning on and off at different points throughout life and the genome is capable of mutating over the course of a lifetime. Ultimately, the genetic code in one cell might not match the code of another cell. It was recently announced that similar mutations were discovered in people who weren’t even related, implying that mutations aren’t as random as they have been believed to be.