A New Approach to Fighting Alzheimer’s Disease

An estimated 5.5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, which is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. And yet, we know relatively little about the disease and have failed to make promising strides towards a cure or treatment. Two scientists have taken a new approach to fighting Alzheimer’s, and their…

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Will Science Soon Have a Cure for Sickle Cell Anemia?

Sickle cell anemia is a condition where the body lacks enough healthy red blood cells to oxygenate the body. It is an inherited anemia, and both parents must carry the gene to pass the disease on to their children. The condition causes vision problems, delayed growth, frequent infections, and chronic pain. Treatments continue to advance…

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Ask A Scientist: Proteoglycans vs. Glycoproteins

The extracellular matrix is a complex combination of non-cellular materials that support biochemical and biomechanical processes in the tissues and organs. Among the components of the extracellular mix are two distinct types of biomolecules: proteoglycans and glycoproteins. Immunology researchers are primarily interested in these biomolecules due to their role in the human tissue processes and…

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Cells in Motion: PBMC Research

Peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) play an essential role in immunology research. Three publications recently featured PBMC from Astarte Biologics to study a Zika virus vaccine and T cell immunotherapy methods. A DNA Vaccine Protects Human Immune Cells against Zika Virus Infection in Humanized Mice Guohua et al. found that a Zika virus vaccine elicited…

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A Guide to Laboratory Biosafety Levels

The American Biological Safety Association (ABSA) sets the standard for biosafety levels and laboratory requirements in the United States. To mitigate the risk of infection and contamination from pathogenic microorganisms, the ABSA has developed four distinct biosafety levels that, when properly implemented, should contain harmful biological agents and prevent contamination. What Biosafety Level Should My…

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After SLAS2018: The Next Generation of Scientists

SLAS is one of those events that always leaves us reflective and inspired on our return trip home. This year, our chief scientist, Ben Tjoa, and I attended the event San Diego. We met amazing scientists, had meaningful conversations, and heard from world leaders. SLAS2018 set a new attendance record — over 6,600 attendees from…

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Is Your Blood Type in High Demand?

Unless you’re part of the medical industry, you don’t spend much time thinking about your blood type. After all, your blood type doesn’t impact your everyday life. As long as your blood is circulating and you feel healthy, you’re good to go. But blood type is a huge issue in the world of blood donation,…

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