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Disagreement among experts over bioweapons threat

(American Association for the Advancement of Science 20 August 2015) Amid continued difficulties around assessing bioweapons threats, especially given limited empirical data, Crystal Boddie and colleagues took another route to gauge their danger: the collective judgment of multiple experts.

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Novel diagnostic tool for ethnically diverse non-small-cell lung cancer patients

(Nanjing University School of Life Sciences 14 August 2015) Early-stage Non-small-cell Lung Cancer is asymptomatic and difficult to detect since no blood test for NSCLC is currently available. In a new study, Chen-Yu Zhang and Chunni Zhang’s group at Nanjing Advanced Institute for Life Sciences, Nanjing University identified a panel of five serum microRNAs as the potential biomarker for NSCLC diagnosis. The study is published this week in the journal EBioMedicine.

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Tell-tale biomarker detects early breast cancer in NIH-funded study

(NIH/National Institute of Biomedical Imaging & Bioengineering 12 August 2015) Researchers have shown that MRI can detect the earliest signs of breast cancer recurrence and fast-growing tumors. Their approach detects micromestastases, breakaway tumor cells with the potential to develop into dangerous secondary breast cancer tumors elsewhere in the body. The approach may offer an improved way to detect early recurrence of breast cancer. The work was completed at Case Western Reserve University and was funded by the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, part of NIH.

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The 9th edition of the Karlsruhe Nuclide Chart is out

(European Commission Joint Research Centre 7 August 2015) The JRC has released a new edition of the Karlsruhe Nuclide Chart, an extended periodic table which displays all known isotopes of every element and their radioactive data. The 9th edition contains new and updated radioactive decay data on 1,644 nuclides not found in the previous 2012 issue. In total, nuclear data on 3,992 experimentally observed nuclides are presented.

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Journal of Clinical Microbiology – Early edition articles – 19 August 2015


Conference Alert – Legal and modality aspects of forensic imaging

British Institute of Radiology; Manchester UK 16 November 2015

To update current forensic knowledge focusing on the applications of different modalities in the forensic process, together with the legal aspects.

1.Provide an update on the role of different imaging modalities and applications
2. Provide an understanding of the current best practices
3. Equip those involved in conforming to the requirements of the law related to Forensic radiology and report writing

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What makes the plague so deadly?

Radio National Health Report Norman Swan, Soman Abraham 31 August 2015

There’s a lot we could learn about yersinia pestis, the bacteria behind the Black Death and the Justinian Plague.

Research in mice has uncovered eerie similarities between the y. pestis and the AIDS virus in the way it causes havoc to human bodies.

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