New Discovery by Massachusetts General Hospital May Help Medical Laboratories Preserve Blood for DNA Analysis, Thus Allowing Isolation of CTCs up to 72 Hours after Collection

Using GPIIb/IIIa inhibition, and ion chelation, researchers have developed a “universal” method for preserving blood up to 72 hours while keeping it viable for advanced rare-cell applications Through microfluidics and automation, clinical laboratories and anatomic pathologists have been able to detect ever-smaller quantities of biomarkers and other indicators of chronic disease. However, preserving sample quality is an essential part of analytical accuracy. This is particularly true in...

Collaboration of Caltech Engineers and LeukoDX Produces Prototype Point-of-Care Device That Counts White Blood Cells in Minutes in the Patient’s Home

The science behind the device is an innovative detection assay of dyes that stain leukocytes so they will fluoresce and enable differentiation of white blood cell subtypes  Over the last couple of years, medical laboratory technology developers have brought a number of FDA-approved point-of-care (POCT) and home self-tests to market. These medical tests run the full spectrum. They include tests to detect HIV, malaria, pregnancy or male fertility, drug use or Hepatitis C. There are tests to...
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