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High throughput approach for regenerative medicine cell selection

Scientists at Stanford University School of Medicine (California) developed a comprehensive surface marker profile using flow cytometry. They compared this to profiles for hASCs that underwent differentiation to bone (osteogenic) or fat (adipogenic) tissue. “This marriage of flow cytometry with the identification of regenerative cell subpopulations will likely prove to be very useful to a broad range of researchers in the field,” said Peter C. Johnson, MD, Vice President, Research and Development and Medical Affairs, Vancive Medical Technologies and President and CEO, Scintellix, LLC, Raleigh, NC. The entire article is available for free until August 23, 2015.

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Dolphins “shout” to be heard

As man-made noise underwater escalates, dolphins and whales have learned to “shout” or otherwise amplify their calls to be heard. The added volume has an effect on the animal’s health. It requires additional oxygen, which in turn requires additional calories.

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US House of Representatives passes GMO labeling legislation

Today the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015 passed the House, in a vote of 275 to 150. Still a hot-button issue, opposition to the Act is emotionally charged, with those opposed to the bill calling it the “DARK” Act (Denying Americans the Right to Know Act). Supporters of the bill, including farm, biotech, food, and beverage companies, argue mandatory labels would be expensive for companies and confusing for consumers.

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EU regulator recommends 1st license for malaria vaccine

We talked about it last week, and even though it’s currently only about 30% effective, and protection fades over time, the European Medicines Agency has recommended approving what would be the world’s first licensed malaria vaccine.

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Polio nearly eradicated in in Nigeria

Humanity doesn’t often pride itself in pushing something toward extinction, but with polio, we’re happy to do it. As of July 24, Nigeria has gone an entire year without a case of endemic polio. Americans have not had to live in fear of the disease since the 1950s, and that peace of mind is spreading to the ends of the earth. There are, however, a few holdouts in the fight against total eradication – namely Afghanistan and Pakistan. The major obstacle in both countries is religiously motivated politics.

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