Ancient Girl Brought To Life!

31 08 2012

Recently, a team of scientists has sequenced the genome of a very rare specimen. That specimen is an archaic Siberian girl! Using genome sequencing 31 times over, and using a new method that amplifies single strands of DNA, they have produced a near-complete genome of the girl! The genome was so complete that researchers can compare it to a living person’s. Just by looking at this genome, the researchers were able to establish that the girl had brown eyes, brown hair, and dark skin. Exactly how big of a feat is this? Considering the girl lived in Siberia’s Denisova Cave…over 50,000 years ago.

So what does this mean for modern science? Well DNA makes up all of who we are, and is also linked to diseases, illnesses, and defects. Using the genome from this girl, researchers have been working on producing a near-complete catalog of the small number of genetic changes that make us different from the people of this time. It provides much insight into our own DNA, and human evolution in general. 

Using some of the DNA obtained from other specimens, such as the Neandertals, comparison was made and has revealed much about the ancestry, migration habits, and interbreeding that took place 50,000 years ago. This may sound pretty simple, but it is not! To get a genome this complete, a very long and complex process took place. The process involved sequencing with single strands of DNA instead of double strands. Binding special molecules to the ends of the single strand, the DNA was held in place using enzymes that copied its sequence. The result was 20 times more DNA extracted than by previous procedures. 99.9% of the sequence was able to be used.

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Fun fact: Cultures who also contain some inherited Denisovan genes come from New Guinea and China!

Here is how it is already making an impact on the medical industry. The near complete catalog of the genome enabled researchers to see differences between our ancestors and ourselves. 111,812 nucleotides  have changed in modern humans in the past 100,000 years. Of those nucleotides included eight that were directly associated with the nervous system. These are associated with the growth of axons and dendrites, and most importantly a gene implicated in autism. We could be on the break of something huge here!

At Advantec, we will support anyone or anything who helps our clients! Many of our clients work in the medical industry, and we would be overwhelmed with joy to see new research help to cure their patients! This may be a few decades out, but hey why not get our hopes up? We have learned more as a race in the past century than we have for 400,000 years. 

For more information about this amazing new finding, check out CNN’s Article. And, as always, for more information about Advantec Software and what we can do for your business, visit us at Advantec’s Website!

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The Medical Industry- Field Hospitals In Syria

21 08 2012

One of our favorite things to read about is the passion of professionals in the medical industry. As a supporter of clients who work in this industry (Assisted Living, Personal Care, Mental Health) we love to hear about how dedication brings amazing results.

This international team of doctors turned a home that was under construction into a secret field hospital. Here they spent two months treating wounded persons. These people would travel for two days just to reach this small group of physicians. 

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It took over a week to turn the location into a satisfactory field hospital. The aid group that sent this team there is known as the Medecins Sans Prontieres, which in English means “Doctors WIthout Borders.” What an appropriate name! The team consisted of about seven foreigners and fifty Syrians. To avoid any trouble, they did alert the Syrian government as to their plan, but left out the location. It was reported that the government did not appreciate their presence.

Doctors on scene reported that conditions were growing increasingly dire. Nearly all of the patients were victims of the fighting. About 60% of them were suffering from an explosion and about 40% from gunshot wounds. Although the field hospital was only 15 miles away, many took backroads to avoid passing military checkpoints and operations, making the trek last a little over two days. 

Many similar field hospitals are springing up across the country, but few are as well equipped as this one. The hospital contains about a dozen beds, a sterilization room, an operating room, a recovery room, and a resuscitation room. Hospitals around the country with fewer resources even started sending their own patients there.

France, at one time Syria’s colonial ruler, even began sending out their own doctors earlier in the week. They are also at the forefront of the diplomatic efforts to end the civil war in Syria.

Thanks to countries and individuals such as the ones mentioned in this story, some faith can be restored in the morality of our modern world. Those in the medical industry are often the kindest, humblest, and most charitable individuals. This world needs more people like them, especially with all of the fighting and violence in today’s world. 

We here at Advantec work hard to make the perfect software for professionals in the medical industry. We strive to make the running of a medical organization and the handling of paperwork so easy that the least time is spent doing office work, and the most time is spent doing field work and with patients. We specialize in the Assisted Care, Personal Care, Mental Health, and Group Home sub-industries. We are always so proud of the clients we support, and the future clients we are eager to take on.

For more information about this event in Syria, visit http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/team-doctors-set-secret-syria-field-hospital-17048231#.UDOamKllTHo. For more information about Advantec’s CSM Software for the Health Industry, visit http://www.findsocialservicesoftware.com. We are always here to help!

 





Inspirational Performance From a Double Amputee

13 08 2012

Working in an industry that deals with Mental Health and Personal Care and Assistance, we were overwhelmed with emotion when we saw Oscar Pistorius compete for South Africa in the 4×400-meter relay in the Olympic games. Since 11 months old, he was a double amputee, being born without a fibulae.

Moments like this are inspirational to all of us, especially us here at Advantec Information Systems. We care deeply about the facilities that we provide software to, most of which work with patients who have disabilities similar to those of Pistorius. We do, however, strive to make the word “disability” non-existent. With the proper amount of drive, determination, and help from great facilities around the world, disabilities will cease to exist and people can achieve their wildest dreams.

A report in USA Today interviewed other persons with disabilities who were also in the crowd at the 2012 London Olympics, specifically there to see the man with “carbon blades” race in the relay. One man who lost his leg seven years ago in a motorcycle accident was quoted saying “The whole part of recovery is adapting to whatever you’ve got to deal with. When you see what he does, you think anything is possible.”

Physical health workers around the world took Pistorius’ feat as an opportunity to help their patients. One doctor who has been working with amputee victims encouraged all of her patients to watch Pistorius race. She was quoted saying “He’s a big story. Just for people to be able to see that one of our patients was able to swim was very inspirational to them. So to see somebody reaching such an elite athlete status is incredible.”

Not much in life can be done alone, but with the right attitude and proper treatment facilities, anything is possible. Technology is growing at an exponential rate, and with it the once cemented barriers of society are being shattered. We at Advantec want to provide each facility with the easiest, simplest, and fastest way to manage your business. When you spend less time worrying about paperwork and tracking, you can spend more time with your patients.

For more information on Assisted Care software packages visit our page at http://findsocialservicesoftware.com/index-2.html








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