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Clinical Microbial Identification by MALDI-TOF Mass Spectrometry
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Matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight (MALDI-TOF) is a powerful analytical mass spectrometry technique that has generated numerous diagnostic and clinical applications, especially for the identification of microorganisms for medical diagnosis. Here we take a look at the role of MALDI-TOF in clinical microbial identification and what its future looks like.

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Safe Guarding Your Food from Harmful Microorganisms and the Impact of Our Changing Climate
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Prevention and detection of harmful microorganisms within the food industry, be it in your own kitchen, during the production chain or right back at the producer is imperative to keeping consumers healthy. Changes occurring in our climate are also causing shifts in the niches inhabited by microbes, and scientists must keep ahead of the game to prevent emerging issues.

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How Are We Developing Vaccines for the Future?
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This article highlights the types of vaccine, trends in developing future vaccines and discusses new delivery methods and strategies to help advance our understanding of the immune system.

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Novel Collagen Membrane Improves Colon-on-a-Chip Functionality
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A microfluidic model of the colon has been built using natural tissue base matrix, which closely mimics the structure and function of the colon.

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Exploiting the Tumor Microenvironment for Cancer Therapeutics
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It’s more than a century since Paget first proposed the ‘soil and seed’ hypothesis in cancer, providing evidence that the environment surrounding a tumor is as important as the tumor itself. Research in this area has gathered momentum and it’s now the focus of intense research efforts.

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Metagenomics: Exploring Microbiomes at Nature’s New Frontiers
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Advances in sequencing technologies are providing scientists with a powerful way to view microbial communities in unprecedented detail. Metagenomics is a rapidly evolving field that is uncovering a wealth of hidden biodiversity, revolutionizing our understanding of uncharted corners in the living world.

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Sensitive Quantification of Drug Metabolites Using LC-MS
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Determining what happens to a drug after it enters the body is a key consideration in the drug development process. Liquid chromatography coupled with mass spectrometry (LC-MS) has emerged as one of the most powerful analytical tools for the screening and identification of drug metabolites. Advances in the field of LC-MS have allowed scientists to analyze drug metabolic pathways and drug-drug interactions more closely, and improve therapeutic strategies for many challenging diseases.

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Tech Solutions for Drinking Water Analysis
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Improved access to clean and safe drinking water is key for health and survival and has been classified as a human right. Here, we take a look at some of the novel solutions, both hi-tech and low-tech, that scientists are designing to help monitor drinking water source safety.

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New Tools for Combating Antibiotic Resistance
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Antibiotic resistance is a serious health problem, causing illnesses that were once easily treatable with antibiotics to morph into dangerous infections, leading to serious disability or even death. To help fight this growing threat, diagnostics companies are developing new tools and techniques that are playing a crucial role in quickly identifying infectious organisms and preventing the inappropriate use of antibiotics.

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