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CDC Buys a PCT Sample-Prep Unit From Pressure BioSciences to Study Pathogens

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) — Pressure BioSciences last week said it has sold one of its pressure cycling sample-preparation systems to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
 
Pressure said CDC scientists will use the technology for “a variety of research applications,” including extracting proteins from influenza viruses; from bacterial agents such as Clostridium botulinum and Cryptosporidium parasites; and from tissues from laboratory animals that have been exposed to bioterrorism agents, such as anthrax.
 
Pressure has sold or leased PCT systems to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Food and Drug Administration, the National Institutes of Health, Johns Hopkins University, DermTech Corporation, Veritas Corporation, and the University of New Hampshire.
 
Most recently it leased the PCT system to the US Department of Agriculture.

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Researchers report in Science Translational Medicine that the accumulation of LINE-1 RNA contributes to premature aging conditions and that symptoms can be improved by targeting them.