How cfDNA is Changing Cancer Treatment

Posted by Quinton Stevens on Jan 17, 2017 4:00:00 PM

    

Introduction

Cell free DNA is revolutionizing the way cancer is detected, diagnosed, and treated.In the many decades of cancer treatment, one of the largest challenges in the treatment of cancer is finding it. Cancer is particularly good among diseases at “hiding”. It mimics different biomolecules and signals to keep the immune system in the dark and doesn’t give any indication of its existence until it is in its deadly later stages.

For years, doctors and researchers have searched for a biomarker, a chemical released by the body that can act as indicators for different conditions, that could be easily found in patients that would give away the presence of early stage tumors. Now those efforts are coming to fruition with the development of liquid biopsies using cell free circulating tumor DNA.

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The Fight to End Hepatitis C

Posted by Quinton Stevens on Jan 10, 2017 12:30:00 PM

    

Introduction

Hepatitis C is one of the most prominent and life altering diseases that plagues the US. Affecting roughly 3.2 million people in the US alone, and in 2007 it passed HIV/AIDS for number of fatalities. It is a growing issue that on the grand scale has only recently been noted, prior to 1992 screening for Hepatitis C was virtually nonexistent resulting in many cases of transfusion infections, in which infected blood was administered to an injured patient without the medical staff being aware of the infection.

Hepatitis C is a serious issue, but it is not an invincible monster of a disease that is has been in years past. Tremendous efforts at treatment and cure have lead to equally tremendous breakthroughs, and some treatments can even rid a person of the virus in its entirety.

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Fibromyalgia: The Facts

Posted by Quinton Stevens on Jan 5, 2017 8:00:00 AM

    

Introduction

Fibromyalgia is a disease characterized by an increase in pressure related pain sensitivity. It is not typically life threatening but can be quite debilitating for those who have it and can reduce quality of life notably. 2% of adults in the United States live with this disease, with 80%-90% of those diagnosed being women.

Fibromyalgia is a chronic disease, meaning it does not quickly or always go away, and having knowledge about it can help with understanding what treatment and life look like with the disease. 

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The Protein Story- Part Two

Posted by Martha Jordan on Dec 20, 2016 4:08:48 PM

    

The Role of Protein In Our Bodies


In Part One of The Protein Story we talked about the forms and functions of protein. But how is protein made? How does all the information pass from DNA to produce the hardworking proteins?  The answer is in the RNA.

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The Protein Story-Part One

Posted by Martha Jordan on Dec 13, 2016 10:22:00 AM

    

The Role of Protein In Our Bodies


“Eat your meat.” It’s the classic mom plea. There’s a real biological reason mom was fixated on meat consumption. Meat (along with chicken, fish, nuts, and legumes, to name a few) is a form of protein, and protein is a critical ingredient in cell growth and behavior. Proteins in our body bind onto our cells each minute, regulating things like skin and hair growth, how much oxygen we have in our blood, how well our bodies fight infection, and how our hormones behave. Unfortunately, our body can’t make all the protein it needs. Proteins are comprised of 20 amino acids (chemicals) “strung together like a chain” (Mukherjee, 2016). The body makes (synthesizes) 11 of them and the rest come from proteins you eat. Good old mom – she was right again.

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Meet Our Pathologists: Walt Grundy, M.D. & Cheryl Hill, M.D.

Posted by Martha Jordan on Dec 6, 2016 2:57:00 PM

    

Quality. It’s what sets Conversant Biologics apart. Every archived tissue block packaged for your research is quality tested by a U.S. board certified, licensed pathologist. Our hard-working scientists aren’t often in the spotlight. We think it’s time to break that cycle.

I interviewed Dr. Walt Grundy and Dr. Cheryl Hill on a sunny summer morning in their lab at Conversant Bio. We talked about their medical training, their daily responsibilities, their thinking process, and the challenges unique to their field. In short, what does a Pathologist do?

 

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Five Great Reads About Genetic and Autoimmune Research

Posted by Martha Jordan on Nov 24, 2016 11:52:00 AM

    

“The human genome is a script, waiting for the amino actors, the protein players to strut and fret their hour.” _ Johnny Rich, The Human Script

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The Difference Between Benign, Malignant and Premalignant Tumors

Posted by Quinton Stevens on Nov 15, 2016 9:15:00 AM

    

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