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Preparing for a Polio-Free World

March 21st, 2017 / Hilary Graham

Supporting the development of new tests to assess mucosal immunity against polio To date, smallpox is the only human infectious disease which has been eradicated, demonstrating the difficulty of eliminating a microbe from the environment. Polio has existed for thousands of years – the first documented case of paralysis, likely from poliovirus, was engraved on

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New TB Assay Identifies Bacteria and Drug-Resistance Markers

March 16th, 2017 / Christine Valle

March is TB Awareness Month For Tuberculosis (TB) Awareness Month, we’re highlighting a paper from a team of scientists in China who developed a molecular test for tuberculosis. Published in the Journal of Clinical Pathology, “Development and in-use evaluation of a novel Luminex MicroPlex microsphere-based (TRIOL) assay for simultaneous identification of Mycobacterium tuberculosis and detection

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The Faces of Luminex: Nakevia Miller, Graphic Design

March 10th, 2017 / Christine Valle

At a company brimming with scientists and clinical lab experts, it might be hard to imagine how an artist fits in. But Nakevia Miller, who has been a graphic designer at Luminex for more than two years, proves each day that mixing art and science can yield great results. We caught up with the Texas

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Flu Season Hits Epidemic Levels

March 9th, 2017 / Christine Valle

Diagnostic testing is an important line of defense It’s awfully tempting to hide out indoors as the number of seasonal flu cases reaches epidemic levels. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently reported that influenza is now considered an epidemic in the U.S., with most states (including Texas) classified as having widespread illness.

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Be a Rare Disease Champion!

February 28th, 2017 / Christine Valle

On February 28, we honor those fighting rare diseases Patients with a rare disease face many challenges, from difficult diagnosis and finding an advocacy community to getting new therapies. Any given rare disease may affect thousands or even just a few people in the whole world. But taken together, rare diseases represent a major medical

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Luminex Employees Build, Donate Bikes to Local Children in Need

February 16th, 2017 / Christine Valle

Team-building event brought out the kid in us, too This month, our marketing, sales, and customer operations teams participated in a great exercise that not only brought them together, but also benefited underprivileged kids right here in the Austin area. The team-building program culminated in building children’s bikes, which were then donated to the Boys

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Celebrating Women in Science on February 11th (and Every Day)

February 10th, 2017 / Christine Valle

[email protected] mentorship program open to all In 2015, the United Nations adopted a resolution declaring each February 11th the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. The resolution urged organizations, academia, and individuals to take part in education and awareness campaigns to address the disparities between men and women in science. While the gender

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It’s International Prenatal Infection Prevention Month!

February 2nd, 2017 / Christine Valle

Supporting newborn health through more effective maternal testing While February may be better known for Valentine’s Day and President’s Day sales, it is also observed by the CDC and other healthcare organizations as International Prenatal Infection Prevention month. Raising awareness of prenatal infections is important first and foremost because they are much more prevalent than

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The Faces of Luminex: Michael Hill, Sales Management

January 27th, 2017 / Christine Valle

Today we get to know Michael Hill, senior director of sales for the Americas. He came to Luminex through the acquisition of EraGen Biosciences, where he managed the diagnostics business. He earned his bachelor’s in science from John Carroll University in his home state of Ohio. Q: What do you do at Luminex? A: I

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Detected in U.S.: Superbug Resistant to All FDA-Approved Drugs

January 26th, 2017 / Christine Valle

Highlights need for faster testing, new therapeutics, and better use of antibiotics Earlier this month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that a woman in Nevada died from a bacterial strain that was resistant to all FDA-approved antibiotics. The woman had been traveling in India, where she was hospitalized for a bone

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