Posts Tagged: blood

microRNA and lncRNA in lung cancer

miRNA and lncRNA – serum biomarkers for lung cancer

One of the most exciting potential applications of circulating non-coding RNAs like microRNA (miRNA) and long non-coding RNA (lncRNA) is as biomarkers for early detection of cancer. Cancer treatment, like treatment of many other diseases, can be far more effective when started early. Easily accessible markers like RNAs in the blood are an attractive possibility for finding… Read article →


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Handle with care: maintaining blood samples in storage

Anyone who’s worked in a lab has likely done housekeeping on the -20°C and -80°C freezers. Carefully processing and storing samples for future use, then sorting through the frozen boxes a few years later to decide which to discard and replaced with newer ones is a perpetual cycle. Whether your biobank is in a small… Read article →



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Profiling microRNA from exosomes and blood

Exosomes are nano-sized vesicles, secreted by all types of cells and found abundantly in biofluids like blood, saliva and urine. These extracellular vesicles carry multiple functional passengers including DNA, miRNA, non-coding RNA and proteins, and function as intercellular communication vehicles by transporting molecules between specific cells. microRNAs are small non-coding RNAs that play an intricate… Read article →


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Getting insight into the body: it’s all about the blood

Blood tells us lots of things. From cardiovascular health to cholesterol to inflammation to vitamin D levels – there is no shortage of information. Historically, blood was used to determine physiological and biochemical states, such as disease and organ function – but now, there are new technologies being developed to run the next generation of… Read article →