Posts By: Charles Martin

Are Parasites the Cause of Excessive Tiredness, Leaky Gut Syndrome and Other Mystery Illnesses?

Mystery illnesses are disheartening for many doctors. This general term can be used to describe a group of undiagnosed medical conditions. When the causative agent of the disease is suspect, but not easily detected, it compounds an already complex scenario. One of these causative agents is Entamoeba histolytica, an intestinal parasite that may provoke allergic… Read more »

Top Journals Citing Luminex Technology

Luminex technology is widely used in research and clinical diagnostic labs and has been cited in more than 16,000 peer reviewed publications. Trying to keep up with the number of publications is a big task as we collect more than 200 publications each month. Below is a list of the journals with the most publications… Read more »

A New Cancer Detection Method Using Peptide Nucleic Acid Probes

Analyzing the genome is one of the most promising avenues for the development of better, more accurate biomarkers for the detection of disease. To keep up with demand, new detection methods must be rapid and sensitive, with a high throughput that still produces reliable results. Cancer is one of our most devastating afflictions. Each year… Read more »

How Multiplex Technologies Promote Biomarker Discovery

Biomarkers are physiological signals of states of health and illness- molecules that can indicate the presence of specific diseases. Their discovery has become an incredibly important area of medical research. They can indicate cancer, infection, inflammation, organ failure – practically any condition. The discovery of biomarkers is complicated by the incredible variety of molecules always… Read more »

Why is Malaria Research Important?

Did you know that the U.S. government and E.U. countries spend a relatively large amount of money on malaria research? The United States National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases funds the International Centers of Excellence for Malaria Research (ICEMR). ICEMR is a global network of independent research centers in malaria-endemic countries that support researchers… Read more »

What is Ricin and How is it Identified?

Ricin is a proteinaceous toxin from the castor bean. When castor beans are processed to produce castor oil, the waste product, or “mash,” contains the ricin toxin. The toxin can then be purified from the mash. Eating castor beans can also be deadly as the ricin doesn’t have to be purified. How much ricin does… Read more »