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Seoul: North Korea confirms African swine fever outbreak

South Korea said Friday that it is scrambling to prevent the spread of the highly contagious African swine fever on its pig industry after North Korea confirmed an outbreak at a farm near its border with China.

Sensitive sensor detects Down syndrome DNA

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Down syndrome is the most common birth defect, occurring once in every 700 births. However, traditional non-invasive prenatal tests for the condition are unreliable ...

Fidget spinner as centrifuge separates blood plasma

Some people use fidget spinners—flat, multi-lobed toys with a ball bearing at the center—to diffuse nervous energy or whirl away stress. Now, researchers have found a surprising use for the toys: separating blood plasma ...

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Blood test

A blood test is a laboratory analysis performed on a blood sample that is usually extracted from a vein in the arm using a needle, or via fingerprick.

Blood tests are used to determine physiological and biochemical states, such as disease, mineral content, drug effectiveness, and organ function. Although the term blood test is used, most routine tests (except for most haematology) are done on plasma or serum, instead of blood cells.

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