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How might regulatory RNAs impact CTC analysis?

Liquid biopsy, the concept of discovering or monitoring disease by a simple blood test or other biofluid, overcomes many of the challenges of a traditional tissue biopsy. It’s less invasive, and simplifies collection of multiple samples over the course of disease progression and treatment. It’s not an overstatement to say that liquid biopsy is revolutionizing… Read article →


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Sharing, integrating and standardizing data: 3 biobanking informatics trends to watch in 2016

Three New Year’s resolutions for many biobanks in 2016 might just reflect the 3 emerging biobanking informatics trends highlighted this year by the International Society for Biological and Environmental Repositories (ISBER) Informatics Working Group (1): 1. Sharing data 2. Integrating data 3. Standardizing data These trends will gain more attention as it becomes increasingly important… Read article →


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Whole-genome sequencing as a tool in the diagnosis and characterization of norovirus

If you’ve never had norovirus, consider yourself one of the few and fortunate. Norovirus is the most common cause of acute gastroenteritis among adults and children in the United States with symptoms including fever, vomiting and diarrhea. It causes 19–21 million illnesses and contributes to 56,000–71,000 hospitalizations and 570–800 deaths yearly (1). The virus is… Read article →


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Now trending: the use of liquid biopsy to monitor tumor dynamics

Trends on social media and internet search engines can be used as tools to provide up-to-the-minute public opinion on just about any topic, from movies to presidential candidates. Liquid biopsy may be able to provide the same type of real-time (although not instantaneous) information about therapeutic efficacy as well as emerging drug resistance. Solid tumor… Read article →