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          NIST provides measurement assurance for the biotechnology industry through the development of quantitative analytical measurement tools for nucleic acids, proteins, metabolites, and cell systems to aid industry in the deployment of innovative biotechnologies and advanced biomaterials.

          What NIST Does

          NIST standards and reference materials underpin advances in bioscience and biotechnology, contributing to human health and the U.S. economy.

          NIST provides:?

          • Quantitative measurements
          • Reference materials for quality control
          • Data for benchmarking
          • Leadership and technical advice for U.S. and international standards development efforts

          We have specialized expertise in and equipment for measuring biological processes and systems, along with experience in managing the large amounts of data these measurements produce. Our work benefits:?

          • Clinical medicine
          • The biopharmaceutical industry
          • Regulatory agencies
          • The DNA forensics community
          • The mass spectrometry community
          • The synthetic biology industry
          • Equipment manufacturers

          For example:

          WIPP: A Map App to Track Stem Cells

          Say Hello to Our Little Friends: Toward Microbial BiotheraPOOtics and Diagnostics (blog post)

          graphic showing representations of various flora
          Credit: beawolf/fotolia.com
          My fascination with the microbial world began when I was around 7 years old and my mother bought me a book called “The Value of Believing in Yourself: The Story of Louis Pasteur”. Nearly four decades later, I still vividly remember the story about the little boy Joey and the “invisible enemy” that had invaded his body.?So began my journey into this tiny realm. Read more of Scott Jackson's blog post.

          News and Updates

          Industry Impacts

          Cancer Therapy Formulations

          New cancer therapies that use active viruses cannot always be studied using standard drug development practices. The NIST Center for Neutron Research user

          Brain Mapping Technologies

          Magnetic signals produced by electrical currents in the brain can be used to map brain processes and help in the diagnosis and treatment of disease.

          Breast Cancer Imaging

          When a patient goes to a doctor’s office, hospital or clinic to get an MRI scan, he or she trusts that the medical imaging technologies are working properly.

          Projects and Programs

          Controlling Microfluidic Cell Cultures

          NIST has taken advantage of recent technological advances to develop polymer microfluidic cell culture systems that provide a level of control over the cellular

          DNA Mixture Interpretation

          Based on data collected over the last year from various forensic labs, (see http://www.cstl.nist.gov/biotech/strbase/mixture.htm ) the majority of DNA evidence

          Targeting Membrane Proteins

          Membrane proteins constitute approximately 30% of all cellular proteins. Nevertheless, this group of proteins is traditionally understudied due to limitations