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Archives for August 2010

NIH to Fund Research into Environmental Stress Biomarkers

The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences will lead a program to give a total of $2.6 million for five or six projects over two years that seek to validate candidate biomarkers and technologies that measure biological responses to chemical toxicants and other environmental stressors.

Spinal-Fluid Test Is Found to Predict Alzheimer’s

Researchers report that a spinal fluid test can be 100 percent accurate in identifying patients with significant memory loss who are on their way to developing Alzheimer’s disease.

Although there has been increasing evidence of the value of this and other tests in finding signs of Alzheimer’s, the study, which will appear Tuesday in the Archives of Neurology, shows how accurate they can be. The new result is one of a number of remarkable recent findings about Alzheimer’s.

After decades when nothing much seemed to be happening, when this progressive brain disease seemed untreatable and when its diagnosis could be confirmed only at autopsy, the field has suddenly woken up.

Pathwork Diagnostics Partners with Leading Pharmaceutical Company to Discover Molecular Diagnostics for Cancer

Pathwork Diagnostics Inc., a molecular diagnostics company focused on oncology, today announced that it has entered into a research collaboration with Novartis. The parties intend to discover clinically meaningful biomarker signatures that can serve as the basis for diagnostics across a range of cancer types. Under the terms of the agreement, both parties have rights to develop and commercialize the diagnostic products. Financial terms were not disclosed.