All posts by Celestina Chin

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3-D Human Skin Maps Unveiled

With the use of skin swabs of 400 different body sites of two healthy adult volunteers, researchers at the University of California, San Diego Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences constructed the first-ever 3-D skin maps. These 3D skin maps uncover the molecular topography of the skin surface, allowing future studies of the interrelationship […]

Google’s Deep Mind Embarks on the Journey to Fight Cancer Using Artificial Intelligence

Researchers at Google’s Deep Mind are stepping into artificial intelligence (AI) to beat cancer. The ultimate goal of the London-based AI start-up, also an acquisition of Google last year, is to utilize nanotechnology to turn off cancer cells. In fact, Google’s Life Sciences division has kick start the mapping of cancer cells then.  Being regarded […]

Genotyping Platform with Pre-Amplification from Fluidigm

Fluidigm just launched its new SNP genotyping platform with pre-amplification called Juno. The new platform targets the production genomics market segment specifically those involved in the industrial application of genetics. This new sample prep engine is a breakthrough of traditional SNP genotyping with its short turnaround time of less than three hours and the ability to genotype […]

Move Over CRISPR, Much Safer Genomic Editor Is Here

In light of the biotechnological breakthrough of the genomic editor CRISPR, researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine led by Mark Kay discover a safer and longer-lasting approach – one that allows scientists to replace faulty or disease-causing genes with working copies, in hopes of treating genetic diseases – and has shown promise in […]

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BioFire’s GI Diagnosis Panel Detects 23 Target Pathogens

BioFire, the molecular biology affiliate of bioMerieux has launched the new FilmArray Gastrointestinal Panel which recently received FDA clearance. FilmArray Gastrointestinal (GI) Panel is essentially the most comprehensive GI test in the market for diagnosing infectious diarrhea. Unlike current diagnostic practices that requires laborious laboratory tests following physical and faecal examination, the FilmArray GI Panel […]

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Stem Cells from Fingertips, A New Technique

Scientists at A*STAR’s Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology in Singapore developed the finger-prick human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) technique in which a single drop of finger-pricked blood is sufficient for reprogramming into hiPSCs. This technique is the first of its kind and has been filed for patent. Current methods applied to generate hiPSCs […]

Researchers Miniaturize Mass Spectrometer with Carbon Nanotube Coating

A team of researchers from Purdue University and the Indian Institute of Technology – Madras (IIT-M) led by R. Graham Cooks and Thalappil Pradeep have developed a carbon nanotube coating to shrink mass spectrometers. The researchers discovered that a carbon nanotube-coated paper used to collect a sample was not only able to reduce the required […]

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Capturing Real-time 3D Feed from Inside the Arteries

Scientist F. Levent Degertekin of Georgia Tech has developed a microscopic single-chip volumetric imaging system capable of capturing real-time 3D images in the arteries. This 1.5 mm donut shaped silicon chip with a 430 μm center hole for a guide wire is an integration of the CMUT (Capacitive Micromachined Ultrasonic Transducers)-on-CMOS technology which allows for […]