NACB - Scientific Shorts
NACB - Scientific Shorts (formerly NACB Blog)
By Christopher Doern Ph.D
Microbiology has traditionally been a laboratory discipline with prolonged result turn-around times because growing the organisms has always been necessary for identification.  The practice of identifying viruses has recently been revolutionized by the discovery of molecular techniques such as PCR ...(Read More)
By Dr Sutirtha Chakraborty, MD and Dr William Winter, MD
A 51 year old patient with increasing generalised weakness and shortness of breath for the last four months was admitted to hospital for further evaluation. On admission his serum creatinine was 3.1 mg/dL(elevated), the BUN was 46 mg/dL (elevated) and the complete hemogram showed a haemoglobin of 7...(Read More)
By Ioannis Papassotiriou, PhD
Human neutrophil gelatinase associated lipocalin (NGAL), also known as neutrophil glucosaminidase-associated lipocalin, 24p3, oncogene 24p3, p25, migration stimulating factor inhibitor (MSFI), human neutrophil lipocalin (HNL), α1-microglobulin related protein, siderocalin, or uterocalin, is a 198 a...(Read More)
By Niel Harris, MD
The oral anticoagulant warfarin (also called coumadin) is a vitamin K antagonist that is widely used to prevent venous thrombosis. Warfarin inhibits the post-translational carboxylation of coagulation factors II, VII, IX and X. This diminishes the ability of these factors to interact with phospholi...(Read More)