Highlights from PEGS 2018: The Essential Protein Engineering Summit

We left PEGS 2018 feeling energized from many conversations with like-minded scientists around research and the advancements in protein drug development. For those of you who were at PEGS, I hope you departed feeling as inspired as we were. For those of you who missed it, here are our top three discussion topics. The Importance […]

How Biotech Is Fighting These 5 Deadly Diseases

Biotech researchers have made some of the most phenomenal discoveries and advancements in human medicine over the past half-century, from breakthrough medications for infectious and viral diseases to sequencing the human genome to innovative immunotherapy treatments for cancer. Here is a look at how biotech is fighting five of the most problematic diseases on the […]

Immunology for Non-Immunologists: B and T Cell Receptors

Our new series, Immunology for Non-Immunologists, will focus on key concepts to help scientists and researchers without extensive immunology backgrounds understand the functions and use cases for our immune cell products. Our first post in this series focuses on the structure and function of B cell and T cell receptors. If you have other questions […]

A New Approach to Fighting Alzheimer’s Disease

An estimated 5.5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, which is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. And yet, we know relatively little about the disease and have failed to make promising strides towards a cure or treatment. Two scientists have taken a new approach to fighting Alzheimer’s, and their […]

How to Choose Between Serum and Plasma for Biomarker Testing

Many researchers are left wondering which sample type to use when testing biomarkers: serum or plasma? Serum and plasma are not the same and are not always interchangeable. Once you understand the differences between the two, you can better judge which is the best fit for your experiments. But even experienced scientists who know the […]

Ask A Scientist: Proteoglycans vs. Glycoproteins

The extracellular matrix is a complex combination of non-cellular materials that support biochemical and biomechanical processes in the tissues and organs. Among the components of the extracellular mix are two distinct types of biomolecules: proteoglycans and glycoproteins. Immunology researchers are primarily interested in these biomolecules due to their role in the human tissue processes and […]

Cells in Motion: PBMC Research

Peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) play an essential role in immunology research. Three publications recently featured PBMC from Astarte Biologics to study a Zika virus vaccine and T cell immunotherapy methods. A DNA Vaccine Protects Human Immune Cells against Zika Virus Infection in Humanized Mice Guohua et al. found that a Zika virus vaccine elicited […]