Thursday, June 27, 2013
Bilirubin tests in jaundiced
babies are commonplace in maternity wards but involve multiple steps and vary
in reliability. RIKEN Brain Science Institute
researchers have now found that a fluorescent protein identified in eels
potently binds bilirubin and might provide a simpler and more reliable
diagnostic.1 Convincing hospitals to invest in a new detection
device, however, might turn out to be a bigger challenge than developing the
C.S. SciBX 6(25);
doi:10.1038/scibx.2013.618 Published online June 27, 2013
1. Kumagai, A. et al.
Cell; published online June 13, 2013; doi:10.1016/j.cell.2013.05.038 Contact:
Atsushi Miyawaki, RIKEN Brain Science Institute, Saitama, Japan e-mail: email@example.com
2. Lo, S.F. et al.
Clin. Chem. 50, 190-194 (2004)
3. Lo, S.F. & Doumas,
B.T. Semin. Perinat. 35, 141-147 (2011)
American Academy of Pediatrics, Elk Grove Village, Ill.
Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wis.
College of American Pathologists, Northfield, Ill.
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Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wis.
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