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Friday, March 21, 2014

3/21/14 Health News: DNA Profiling for FBI ♦ NINE DIRTY OCEAN FISHERIES OFF U.S. SHORES ♦ Discovery of Source of Lethal, Antibiotic-Resistant Strain of E. coli ♦ Colon Cancer Rates Drop

An international conservation organization working to protect the world’s oceans is out with a report naming the nine dirtiest U.S. fisheries. The report says the equivalent of 1 billion seafood meals per year are being thrown back into the oceans. The list contained in the new report from the group Oceana addresses the “bycatch,” which... Continue Reading
Rapid DNA Profiling for FBI
IntegenX, a developer of rapid human DNA identification technology, has met the US FBI guidelines to upload directly to the National DNA Index System (NDIS) known arrestee and convicted offender DNA profiles, as well as casework known samples. With less than five minutes of hands-on time, the system enables swabs, collected from known arrestees, convicted offenders and casework known samples, to be analysed less than two hours, compared to weeks or months with conventional laboratory techniques. This improved efficiency will allow laboratories to spend more time reducing backlog and processing other forensic samples.Continue Reading
Discovery of Source of Lethal, Antibiotic-Resistant Strain of E. coli Could Lead to New Medical Laboratory Tests and Preventative Treatment
Antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria are one of healthcare’s biggest threats to patient safety and improved patient outcomes. Now advanced gene sequencing has given researchers a startling new understanding of how Escherichia coli (E. coli) has developed resistance to antibiotics.This discovery may have a major impact on microbiology labs in hospitals, because they do so much of the medical laboratory testing to detect and identify infections. These new research findings also demonstrate to pathologists how quickly genome analysis can generate new knowledge about diseases and their causes. Continue Reading
Colon Cancer Rates Drop Sharply Due to Screenings

Colon cancer rates have fallen by 30% over the past decade in people over age 50, and colonoscopies are getting much of the credit, according to a report released Monday. Continue Reading

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