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In human medicine, procalcitonin (PCT) is a very common and well-established biomarker for sepsis. Even though sepsis is also a leading cause of death in foals and adult horses, up to now, no data about the role of equine PCT in septic horses has been available. Based on monoclonal antibodies targeted against human PCT, we report here the development of a(More)
A new, highly sensitive fluorescence immunoassay for a TIRF (total internal reflection)-based point-of-care testing (POCT) device was developed for the detection of procalcitonin (PCT), a specific and early marker for sepsis and microbial infections. The immunoassay was performed on a bench-top system that fulfilled all the necessary characteristics of a(More)
Viridans streptococci were obtained from primates (great apes, rhesus monkeys, and ring-tailed lemurs) held in captivity, as well as from free-living animals (chimpanzees and lemurs) for whom contact with humans is highly restricted. Isolates represented a variety of viridans streptococci, including unknown species. Streptococcus oralis was frequently(More)
SQLite databases have tremendous forensic potential. In addition to active data, expired data remain in the database file, if the option secure delete is not applied. Tests of available forensic tools show, that the indexes were not considered, although they may complete the recovery of the table structures. Algorithms for their recovery and combination(More)
Game balancing is a recurring problem that currently requires a lot of manual work, usually following a game designer's intuition or rules-of-thumb. To what extent can or should the balancing process be automated? We establish a process model that integrates both manual and automated balancing approaches. Artificial agents are employed to automatically(More)
BACKGROUND Procalcitonin (PCT), a precursor protein of the hormone calcitonin, is a sensitive inflammatory marker in human medicine, which is primarily used for diagnosis of bacterial sepsis, but is also useful in diagnosis of exacerbation of asthma and COPD. In this study, PCT was evaluated as a potential biomarker for different chronic pneumopathies in(More)
Der " Master Online Digitale Forensik " i st ein berufsbegleitendes Studi-enangebot der Hochschule Albstadt-Sigmaringen, welches das zunehmend relevante Gebiet der IT-Forensik adressiert. Dieser Beitrag beschreibt die Entstehungsgeschich-te und das Konzept dieses Studiengangs, der in Kooperation mit zwei Universitäten betrieben wird. Außerdem werden die(More)
In the School of Information Technology and Engineering a microcomputer incorporating a real-time operating system has been designed to be used in various laboratory projects. The hardware is composed mainly of standard components like MC68332 processor and memory modules. The memory controller and a multiport unit have been designed using VHDL and are(More)
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