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Boca Biolistics Blog

    Viruses are generally seen as bad things...they cause disease, after all.  These little parasites are a large threat to human health and to agriculture, and viral epidemics can cause large scale disruption.

    Viruses are and have been a constant in human life and evolution, even since before we were what we would consider human. Thus, understanding how they evolve is an important part of infectious disease research, helping us predict how new viruses may change, mutate, and evolve, and potentially...

    COVID-19 is a major and unprecedented situation. To help understand it, researchers are turning in many cases to comparisons with past pandemics, especially the "Spanish" influenza. What can these past pandemics tell us about COVID-19 and what is likely to happen with it?

    Public health officials are saying that increased testing for COVID-19 is key to reopening the economy while retaining control over the pandemic. However, testing levels are still suboptimal in many places. This is not because nobody wants to test, but rather because the logistics of ramping up...

    Summer comes with a lot of joy: warm days, hiking and swimming, backyard family barbecues, and so much more. However, the season also brings a few inconveniences and dangers, including ticks. 

    Malaria is an infectious disease that can be life-threatening if left untreated. Because it is an infectious disease, once agents enter the body, they grow and multiply. The disease is often transmitted when an infected Anopheles mosquito bites a host. Infected mosquitoes can carry Plasmodium...

    March is colorectal cancer awareness month. Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in the U.S. and is often lethal. There is as yet no magic cure for colorectal cancer, but there are a number of advances being made in both treatments and screening.

    Our modern world runs on data. Sometimes, it might seem like it runs on it too much. In the life sciences, the gathering of large quantities of data, combined with major advances in data analytics, has much promise for improving care and outcomes, but also potential flaws.

    Clinical trials are a vital stage in getting a new treatment or therapy to the market, but they have become more and more expensive in recent years. Costs are higher in some therapeutic areas than others, but can run into millions of dollars for each phase of the trial. In 2012, one estimate was...

    The changing landscape of molecular diagnostic testing provides for the growth of personalized medicine in oncology, pathology, and neurological disorders, so far. Molecular sequencing provides opportunities for more advanced testing of multiple types of genome diagnostics so that laboratories...