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January 2, 2013
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  • Method improves detection of breast tissue microcalcifications
    A study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences showed a method called diffuse reflectance spectroscopy has a 97% success rate in detecting breast tissue with microcalcifications, which may indicate the tissue is cancerous. The method, which generates a "spectrographic signature" by collecting and analyzing light following interaction with the tissue, performs comparably with Raman spectroscopy and gives faster, less expensive results, researchers said. The team plans to test the method in real time while biopsies are being conducted in patients. Medical News Today (12/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • 2012's top stories in biotechnology
    Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News lists nine of the most important developments in the biotech industry for 2012. Among the stories for the year was the FDA's issuance in February of a draft guidance for the development and approval of biosimilar drugs. The threat of cuts as part of the "fiscal cliff" loomed over the budgets of the NIH, FDA, CDC and National Science Foundation. The year ended without a blockbuster merger or acquisition but with more new drug approvals from the FDA than 2011. Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News (12/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Foundation offers $9M for studies on gut disease biomarkers
    The Mayo Clinic and six other groups received $9 million from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to finance efforts to identify biomarkers tied to gut function and disease. The Mayo Clinic will use its share of the funds to create a biomarker-based assay using mass spectrometry that detects an intestinal condition called environmental enteropathy, which afflicts 146 million children in developing countries. GenomeWeb Daily News (free registration) (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Proposed device ID rule may result in changes to packaging lines
    The FDA's proposal to set up a unique device identifier system for medical technologies will compel firms to modify their packaging lines, which could be costly, according to this article. The FDA Safety and Innovation Act mandates that a final rule on the proposal be issued in the middle of May, not the middle of June as previously thought, but the agency "doesn't seem to be confident of meeting either possible deadline," said Jeffrey Secunda of the Advanced Medical Technology Association. Packaging World online (12/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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